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  • Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
This Aug. 5, 2006 file photo shows Czech-born film director Ivan Passer during a press conference presenting his movie "Nomad" in Locarno, Switzerland. Passer died Thursday in Reno, Nevada, said a friend of the family, Amina Johns. An attorney for Passer, Rodney Sumpter, said Passer had been dealing with pulmonary issues. He was 86. (AP Photo/Keystone, Lisa Maire, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Ivan Passer, a leading filmmaker of the Czech New Wave who with Milos Forman fled Soviet-controlled Prague and forged a celebrated career in Hollywood, has died. He was 86. 

Passer died Thursday in Reno, Nevada, said a friend of the family, Amina Johns. An attorney for Passer, Rodney Sumpter, said Passer had been dealing with pulmonary issues. 

Passer and Forman met as boys at a boarding school in Czechoslovakia in the years after World War II. (Their classmates included the future playwright and president of the future democratic Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel.) After reuniting at the Prague Film Academy, Passer and Foreman's collaboration and friendship became central to the Czech New Wave in the 1960s, a period when avant-garde auteurs took international cinema by storm with wry, mordant depictions of life behind the Iron Curtain. 

"We were all united, one way or another, with desire to expose the regime on the screen," Passer told More

  • Friday, Jan. 10, 2020
Dave Burd, left, the co-creator/executive producer/writer/star of the FX comedy series "Dave," makes a point alongside cast member GaTa during a panel discussion on the show at the 2020 FX Networks Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Dave Burd's persona as rapper Lil Dicky is already a hit, having released music with some of the genre's biggest names.

Now Burd is taking his comical and relatable style to television with his self-titled series "Dave," set to debut on FXX in the spring. It follows Burd in his daily life, with comedy ensuing from doctor visits and his relationship with his girlfriend.

He's got some big names in his corner on the project, including comedian Kevin Hart and music manager Scooter Braun, who serve as executive producers.

Hart was already a fan of Burd, who shares his Philadelphia hometown.

"I think he's a star. The comedic talent and timing he has is unreal," Hart told a TV critics meeting on Thursday. "You want to see people raise the level of creative and that's what we're seeing here."

Braun had already worked with Burd musically and they're friends as well. Dipping into his contact list, Braun helped bring in cameo More

  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, addresses reporters at the 2020 FX Networks Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Donald Glover's "Atlanta" is returning with new episodes, but not for another year.

FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf said Thursday that star and creator Glover is making a total of 18 new episodes. Ten of them will air in January 2021, with the rest to follow later that year, in the fall.

"I just can't tell you how excited I am that he's making two more seasons," Landgraf said of the acclaimed show's return. Gaps between seasons aren't unusual for the comedy: "Atlanta" debuted in fall 2016, with season two airing in spring 2018.

Glover initially had planned to make 16 more episodes that would be split evenly into two seasons.

"He came back to us recently, because things went so well in the writers room, and asked if we'd support 10 episodes" in one season and eight in the next, Landgraf said. "They're going to shoot them all in sequence. A good chunk of it shoots outside the United States, which is fascinating to me," he More

  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
In this Nov. 15, 1977, file photo, Buck Henry and Teri Garr appear at the opening of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in New York. Henry, the versatile writer, director and character actor who co-wrote and appeared in "The Graduate'' has died in Los Angeles. He was 89. Henry's wife, Irene Ramp, told The Washington Post that his death was due to a heart attack. (AP Photo/Ira Schwarz, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Buck Henry, the versatile writer, director and character actor who co-wrote and appeared in "The Graduate,'' has died. He was 89.

Henry's wife, Irene Ramp, told The Washington Post that his death Wednesday in Los Angeles was due to a heart attack.

Henry acted in and co-directed "Heaven Can Wait." Henry and Mel Brooks helped created the classic 1960s spy sitcom "Get Smart."

Short and deceptively mild, wearing black-rimmed glasses, Henry was an established film and television writer who became widely recognizable during the early years of "Saturday Night Live." He hosted numerous times and played such memorable characters as the creepy baby-sitter Uncle Roy and the father of "Nerd" Bill Murray. His gift for satire and knowledge of current events fit perfectly with the brash outlook of the young cast and writers. "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels would praise Henry for teaching him "a whole other level of things.

"When Buck Henry More

  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
In this Tuesday, April 2, 2019 file photo Actor Jeremy Irons attends a photo call for the documentary "Il Museo del Prado. La Corte Delle Meraviglie." at the Spanish Museo Nacional del Prado in Rome, Italy. Jeremy Irons will be the jury president of the upcoming Berlinale film festival that runs from Feb. 20, 2020 until March 1, 2020 in the German capital Berlin. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

British actor Jeremy Irons will head the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival next month, organizers said Thursday.

Irons will be jury president at the festival's 70th edition, running from Feb. 20 to March 1. Other members of the jury haven't yet been named.

Irons' screen and stage career started in the 1970s. He won a best actor Oscar in 1991 for his role in "Reversal of Fortune" and had acclaimed performances in films including "the French Lieutenant's Woman" and "The Mission" as well as the 1981 TV miniseries "Brideshead Revisited."

Irons said in a statement released by festival organizers that he was taking on the festival role "with feelings of great pleasure and not inconsiderable honor."

"With his distinctive style, Jeremy Irons has embodied some iconic characters that have accompanied me throughout my journey in cinema, making me aware of the complexity of human beings," Carlo Chatrian, the festival's More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, an Oscar statue appears at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Oscars will not have a host for its annual awards show. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

The Oscars are going without a host again this year.

ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said the Feb. 9 telecast will focus on what worked last year: "huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy and star power."

Last year's ceremony attracted 29.6 million viewers, the second-smallest in Oscars history but 12% more than in 2018, which ended a four-year slide in viewership. Comedian Kevin Hart was originally announced as host, but he backed away when some anti-gay tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced.

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed to go hostless for a second straight year, Burke said.

"We expect that we're going to have a very commercial set of nominations," Burke told a TV critics meeting Tuesday, "and a number of elements have come together that convinced us we'll have a very entertaining show."

Nominations will be announced on Monday.

Last year's Emmy More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
This Oct. 9, 2007 file photo shows "Ugly Betty" creator Silvio Horta at the Billboard magazine Hispanic Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles. Horta died in Miami on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2020. He was 45. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
MIAMI (AP) -- 

Award-winning producer Silvio Horta, who was acclaimed for creating the hit series "Ugly Betty" with actress Salma Hayek, has died. He was 45. 

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Wednesday that based on the investigation Horta died by suicide at a Miami hotel on Tuesday. 

The Cuban-American producer and screenwriter is credited for breaking ground for Latinos and gays in Hollywood with a show about a Mexican-American woman who arrives for her first day working at a New York fashion magazine in a poncho. The sitcom made actress America Ferrera a star. 

Ferrera and others in the entertainment industry, including singer and actress Vanessa Williams, mourned his death on social media.

"His creativity and passion will be missed by so many of us that worked with him," Williams tweeted.

Horta's family said in a statement that "Silvio touched the lives of millions," but he had an ongoing struggle with addiction and More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
This image released by ABC shows the cast of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family," from left, Reid Ewing, Ariel Winter, Ty Burrell Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Nolan Gould, standing left, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, standing center right, Jeremy Maguire, Sarah Hyland, seated, Sofía Vergara, Rico Rodriguez and Ed O'Neill. The comedy will air its series finale after 11 seasons on April 8, the network announced on Wednesday. (Jill Greenberg/ABC via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The ABC comedy "Modern Family" will air its series finale after 11 seasons on April 8, the network announced on Wednesday.

The series following the extended Pritchett-Dunphy clan was an immediate sensation upon its 2009 debut. It holds the record with "Frasier" of five consecutive Emmy Awards as television's best comedy.

Co-creators Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd have been with the series since its beginning, along with the ensemble cast. The cast includes Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Prior to the finale, ABC is presenting a fan-curated tribute on March 11. ABC will kick off the night in prime time with the series' very first episode, followed by favorite episodes that fans get to vote on next month. 

  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
Taron Egerton as Elton John in a scene from "Rocketman," a film nominated for the ICG Publicists' Maxwell Weinberg Award for best motion picture campaign of the year (David Appleby/ Paramount Pictures)
LOS ANGELES -- 

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists announced the nominees for the Maxwell Weinberg Award for Motion Picture Publicity Campaign to be presented at the 57th Annual ICG Publicists Awards on Friday, February 7, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The award honors active members working on motion pictures whose achievements in publicity and promotion during the previous calendar year are deemed outstanding. More than 800 industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s luncheon, which traditionally occurs the week leading up to the Academy Awards®.
 
“This year’s nominated campaigns are diverse and creative, covering the spectrum from superhero, comedy, drama, horror and musical. Congratulations to the teams of publicists who orchestrated and implemented these exceptional and successful strategic campaigns bringing people into theaters around the world,” said Tim Menke, ICG Publicists Awards chair.
 
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  • Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020
In a Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 file photo, Janet Mock, left, co-executive producer/writer/director on the FX series "Pose," takes part in a panel discussion during the 2019 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. Swift has been an outspoken proponent of the Equality Act and her video for her hit “You Need To Calm Down” featured prominent LGBTQ celebrities. The pop star will get the Vanguard Award during the ceremony in Los Angeles in April. Mock writes and directs on the FX series “Pose.” She will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Taylor Swift and writer-director-producer Janet Mock will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for their advocacy for LGBTQ issues. 

The pop star will receive the Vanguard Award, which is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Mock, who is best known for her work on the FX series "Pose," will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, presented to a LGBTQ media professional. 

They will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 16. 

Swift has been outspoken proponent for the Equality Act, which would prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender or sexual orientation in a wide variety of areas. Her video for her hit "You Need To Calm Down"also featured prominent LGBTQ celebrities and mocked those who were against gay marriage.

Mock, who wrote a book about her life as a transgender woman, is a writer and director for Ryan Murphy's "Pose," about 1980s More

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