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  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
In this Dec. 9, 2016 file photo, Madonna attends the 11th Annual Billboard Women in Music honors in New York. Madonna will direct a biopic about herself for Universal Pictures. Madonna will direct and co-write with “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A biopic about Madonna has found a uniquely qualified director: Madonna, herself.

Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the studio is developing an untitled film about the pop star that Madonna will direct and co-write with "Juno" scribe Diablo Cody. Madonna said she wants the film to convey "the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world."

"The focus of this film will always be music," said Madonna in a statement. "Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It's essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision."

The film will be produced by Amy Pascal, the former Sony Pictures chief who produced "A League of their Own," the 1992 film co-starring Madonna. 

"This movie is an absolute labor of love for me," said More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
Andrea Diquez
NEW YORK -- 

Effie Worldwide has set the 2020 Grand Effie Jury that will select the top honors in this year’s Effie Awards United States competition. Winners representing the best in marketing effectiveness will be revealed during the show finale of the 2020 virtual celebration: Ideas That Work: 2020 US Effie Summit & Awards Celebration on September 29 – October 1. 

The Grand Jury will be led by co-chairs Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing & communications officer at Mastercard, a brand recognized for enduring marketing effectiveness as a winner of the “5 for 50 Effie,” and Andrea Diquez, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi NY, winner of the 2019 US Grand Effie with P&G for “It’s a Tide Ad.” 

Rajamannar and Diquez will lead a jury that includes: 

  • Micky Onvural, CEO, Bonobos
  • Leland Maschmeyer, chief brand officer, Chobani
  • Ari Weiss, CCO, DDB Worldwide
  • Jason Harrison, CEO, North America, Essence (WPP)
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  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
In this Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, the ViacomCBS headquarters is shown in New York's Times Square. ViacomCBS will rebrand its CBS All Access streaming service as Paramount Plus, set to debut early next year with new original shows. The exact launch date and pricing haven't been disclosed.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

ViacomCBS will rebrand its CBS All Access streaming service as Paramount Plus, set to debut early next year with new, original shows.

The expanded streaming service has been in the works since February, when CEO Bob Bakish said  ViacomCBS planned to add "substantial content" to CBS All Access by drawing from a number of its media platforms. 

The new service will add shows from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, other Paramount Pictures and ViacomCBS brands, in addition to what CBS All Access already offers.

CBS and Viacom joined forces last August, saying they could better compete as one in the increasingly competitive streaming environment.

CBS was one of the first media companies to launch its own streaming service. Its $6-a-month service CBS All Access includes original programming such as new "Star Trek" series and a revival of "The Twilight Zone." The service also has old and current broadcast shows.

Paramount More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2020
In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, John Boyega arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created.

The "Star Wars" star wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the brand's decision to "replace my campaign in China by using my concepts and substituting a local brand ambassador for me, without either my consent or prior notice, was wrong."

Jo Malone, an upscale British perfume brand owned by Estée Lauder, has said that replacing Boyega with Chinese star Liu Haoran in the ad campaign was a misstep. It has removed the ad and apologized. 

The original ad starring Boyega, 28, aired last year and was called "The London Gent." It features the London-born actor walking around the neighborhood where he grew up and riding a horse in a park, and it makes reference to his Nigerian heritage in a scene featuring West African attire.

"The film celebrated my More

  • Monday, Sep. 14, 2020
From top left, clockwise: Tomi Dieguez, Sam Penfield, Lautaro Brunatti and 1stAveMachine co-founder Serge Patzak.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- 

Production company 1stAveMachine, with offices in NYC, LA, and London, is expanding its mixed media, animation, and production capabilities by merging with long-time partner TRONCO to form 1stAveMachine Buenos Aires--the culmination of more than 10 years of creative collaboration.

Anchored by an array of Argentinian and broader Latin American talent, TRONCO is a mixed media production and post studio with artists displaying a diverse range of filmmaking skill sets, 2D and 3D animation expertise, full CG capabilities, and more. Adept at crafting captivating visuals for brands and agencies alike and having been a part of the 1stAveMachine roster for close to a decade, the creation of 1stAveMachine Buenos Aires felt like a natural evolution for both companies.

According to 1stAveMachine partner and executive producer Sam Penfield, “The truth is we have been working like partners for years now and many of our global clients already work with More

  • Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020
In this Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 file photo, John Boyega arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" in Los Angeles. British perfume brand Jo Malone has apologized to Black actor John Boyega of “Star Wars” fame after cutting him out of the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he helped create. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

British perfume brand Jo Malone has apologized to Black actor John Boyega of "Star Wars" fame after cutting him out of the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he helped create. 

Jo Malone London said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the ad designed for Chinese audiences was a misstep and has been removed. The recreated ad replaced Boyega with Chinese star Liu Haoran.

"The concept for the film was based on John's personal experiences and should not have been replicated," it said.

Jo Malone and its parent company, Estée Lauder, didn't respond to emailed requests for comment Sunday. Boyega and his representatives also couldn't be reached for comment.

The original ad starring Boyega aired last year and was called "The London Gent." It features the London-born actor walking around the neighborhood where he grew up and riding a horse in a park, and it makes reference to his Nigerian heritage in a scene featuring More

  • Sunday, Sep. 13, 2020
This undated photo provided by Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting shows Salvadoran immigrants Claudia and Alex Golinelli, featured in a new PBS film stand outside their Dallas home. "Building the American Dream," a new VOCES/PBS documentary scheduled to air on most PBS stations on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas. (Moyo Oyelola/Panda Bear Films/Latino Public Broadcasting via AP)
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) -- 

Since the Great Recession, cities like Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and Hobbs, New Mexico, have seen construction booms. Homes and skyscrapers have popped up almost overnight thanks to cheap labor Latino immigrants provide contractors.

But at what cost?

"Building the American Dream," a new VOCES/PBS documentary, examines the effects of this construction boom in the American Southwest on Latino workers by telling the stories of those erecting buildings in Texas.

The film dives into the lives of one Mexican immigrant family in Texas after their construction worker son dies while on the job.

A Salvadorian electrician couple is cheated out of wages and tries to force a contractor to pay despite having no union to back them up.

Meanwhile, advocates work to try to convince lawmakers and city officials to make lives better for workers, not by demanding insurance or workers' compensation, but through a simple request: water More

  • Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020
California Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, author of AB 276
LOS ANGELES -- 

Governor Newsom’s signature on Assembly Bill 276, a bill eliminating a potential tax trap for Californians needing to borrow from their employer-sponsored retirement plan during the COVID-19 pandemic, was heralded by the Entertainment Union Coalition (EUC), comprised of the California IATSE Council, Laborers Local 724, Teamsters Local 399 and SAG AFTRA.
 
“In these difficult times, our members across California need access to their retirement funds to support themselves and their families during the current COVID pandemic. AB 276 will allow them to do that without incurring a penalty or unintended income tax payments,”  a statement from the EUC read.  “We thank the Governor and the bill’s author, Assembly Member Laura Friedman, for their support of working people statewide. We are glad that our concern for our members has led to protection for working women and men in similar circumstances throughout the State.”  
 
The legislation, More

  • Friday, Sep. 11, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984,” to Christmas. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros Pictures via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, "Wonder Woman 1984," to Christmas.

The postponement of the "Wonder Woman" sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 2, comes on the heels of Hollywood's strongest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic. 

Warner Bros.' $200 million "Tenet" fared well in its international-first release, but found ticket sales harder to come by in the United States. About 25% of U.S. theaters remain closed, including those in the top markets of Los Angeles and New York.

"Tenet" grossed about $20 million in its North American rollout, which included two weeks of showings in Canada. Some believed that was as good as possible, given the circumstances, and enough evidence that audiences would follow new releases into theaters. The "Wonder Woman 1984" postponement suggests Hollywood's fall may More

  • Thursday, Sep. 10, 2020
Hayao Miyazaki arrives at the 6th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, 2014. The Academy of Motion Pictures announced a temporary exhibition "Hayao Miyazaki" with over 300 objects exploring each of Miyazaki's animated films. The exhibition will open on April 30, 2021. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is finally opening its doors in Los Angeles in April with an exhibit celebrating the works of the legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. Envisioned as a journey through his six-decade career, it's the first of its kind in North America and will have over 300 objects on display, organizers said Thursday. Some have never been shown outside of Japan. 

"Miyazaki's genius is his power of remembering what he sees," said Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki. "It is our hope that visitors will be able to experience the entire scope of Hayao Miyazaki's creative process through this exhibition."

Curator Jessica Niebel said she hopes that it will appeal to both the most avid Miyazaki fans and newcomers. 

Visitors will enter the temporary exhibit, which is organized thematically into seven sections, following Mei, the four-year-old heroine of "My Neighbor Totoro," into the "Tree Tunnel" gallery. From More

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