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  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020
This June 24, 1978 file photo shows NBC President Fred Silverman speaking in Los Angeles. Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at his Los Angeles area home. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Fred Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks and brought "All in the Family," "Roots," "Hawaii Five-O" and other hit series and miniseries to television, died Thursday. He was 82.

Silverman, who had been battling cancer, died at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, family spokesperson Julia Rosen said Thursday. Family members were with him, Rosen said.

Silverman's gift for picking shows that resonated with viewers prompted Time magazine to dub him "The Man with the Golden Gut" in a 1977 profile. As ABC's entertainment chief, Silverman had turned the network's fortunes around with shows including "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Charlie's Angels."

He had already brought success to CBS with an overhaul that included the end of country-themed series including "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres" and a pivot to what advertisers considered more upscale and urban fare, More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in New York.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

One woman testified that Harvey Weinstein led her to a New York City hotel bed, put his hand up her skirt and fondled her genitals during a 2004 meeting about her fledgling acting career.

Another woman, Tarale Wulff, testified that Weinstein grabbed her arm as she served cocktails at one of his usual Manhattan haunts in 2005, let her toward a darkened terrace and started masturbating. Wulff alleges Weinstein later raped her.

Wulff and the woman in the alleged hotel encounter, Dawn Dunning, took the witness stand Wednesday at Weinstein's rape trial, describing a powerful Hollywood figure they say preyed on their vulnerabilities while pushing the notion that sex could lead to film roles.

Their allegations are not part of the underlying criminal charges, because of the statute of limitations and other legal reasons, but they could be a big factor in whether he goes to prison at the end of the landmark #MeToo-era trial.

"I stood More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
This Jan. 19, 2020 file photo shows SAG-AFTRA President, Gabrielle Carteris at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. The union that represents actors and television performers issued a series of standards and guidelines Wednesday for crew members who supervise scenes involving sex and nudity in an attempt to combat on-set sexual harassment. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The union that represents actors and television performers issued a series of standards and guidelines Wednesday for crew members who supervise scenes involving sex and nudity. The goal is to combat on-set sexual harassment. 

The framework announced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists provides a common set of policies and practices for so-called ``intimacy coordinators'' to help productions and actors navigate sexually sensitive scenes.

Under the guidelines, intimacy coordinators should have pre-production meetings with producers, directors and writers to establish the exact degrees of nudity expected and the specifics of simulated sex as established in scripts. They should have one-on-one meetings with actors to be clear about what they consent to.

"These protocols and guidelines will help to normalize and encourage the use of intimacy coordinators in productions, therefore ensuring the More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
This combination photo shows H.E.R. performing at the 2019 Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 6, 2019, left, and Missy Elliott performing at the 2019 Essence Festival on July 5, 2019. The pair will appear in a new Pepsi commercial that will debut for the Super Bowl. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- 

Almost three years ago, Missy Elliott sent a tweet to a then under-the-radar artist whose music she admired and told her that "she was going to blow up."

Fast forward to this week and H.E.R. has been nominated for 10 Grammys, won two and is now starring with the rap legend in a new Pepsi commercial that will debut for the Super Bowl.

"When Pepsi reached out and said we want to have you on the Super Bowl commercial and the other person would be H.E.R. I was like, 'Oh my God, this is major'" Elliott said.

Elliott first heard of the "Best Part" singer from a friend who had her debut album on repeat. Elliott thought the record was "hot" and "immediately started Googling her," but couldn't find much information beyond her mixtape.

"It made me fall in love with her music," Elliott told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview. "I didn't get into what she looked like, what she said, what she had on, it was just the lyrics More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Billie Eilish, left, and Finneas O'Connell pose in the press room with the awards for best album, best engineered album and best pop vocal album for "We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?," best song and record for "Bad Guy," best new artist and best producer, non-classical at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Now that football season is almost finished, the dominant nights in broadcast television are coming into focus.

As illustrated in the Nielsen company's ratings for last week, that would be CBS' night of drama on Tuesday and Dick Wolf's trilogy of "Chicago" series Wednesday on NBC.

Even though it has been on the air since 2003, CBS' "NCIS" continues a remarkable streak of popularity. With nearly 11.4 million viewers on the night it aired last Tuesday, it was the only television show aside from the Grammys to pass the 10 million mark last week, at least before delayed viewing is counted in.

Paired with "FBI," it makes for a strong one-two punch of action for CBS on Tuesdays. The newer "FBI: Most Wanted" has some distance to go before reaching that level.

Wolf is a proven television hitmaker, and NBC does very well on Wednesdays with his three dramas that focus on a Chicago hospital, police department and fire department. All More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
Cristin Milioti and Andy Samberg attend the premiere of "Palm Springs" at the Library Center Theatre during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

The "Groundhog Day"-esque comedy "Palm Springs," by Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island, has set an acquisition record at the Sundance Film Festival by 69 cents. 

The indie distributor Neon and the streaming service Hulu bought "Palm Springs" for exactly $17,500,000.69 in a sale announced Monday evening at the Park City festival. The previous record Sundance sale was the $17.5 million Fox Searchlight paid for Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation" in 2016. 

In a statement, Samberg and his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, along with producer Becky Sloviter, joked that the financial terms of the deal were unfavorable. 

"We spent over $85 million of our own money on this movie, WE ARE TAKING A BATH on this deal," they said. "We hope Neon and Hulu are happy but we definitely have a lot of explaining to do to our families."

"Palm Springs," directed by Max Barbakow, stars Samberg and Cristin Milioti as a pair More

  • Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar, center, and producers Agustin Almodovar and Esther Garcia, left, pose with their trophy after winning the best film award for "Pain and Glory" during the Goya Film Awards Ceremony in Malaga, southern Spain, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The annual Goya Awards are Spain's main national film awards. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
MADRID (AP) -- 

Pedro Almodóvar's "Pain and Glory" swept the top prizes at the Spanish Film Academy's Goya Awards, including best picture, best director and a best actor victory for Antonio Banderas. 

"Pain and Glory" is nominated for an Academy Award in the best international film category. Almodóvar is hoping to claim his third Oscar in two weeks. 

The film, which is considered the most personal for the 70-year-old Almodóvar, also won best original screenplay, best original music, best editing and a best supporting actress prize for Julieta Serrano.

"I realized that I was writing about myself and the past (and) I wasn't sure if I should continue and open myself up to such a degree, but I did, and now I am very happy," Almodóvar said at the awards gala held in Málaga on Saturday. 

Banderas had been nominated on five previous occasions for a Goya but had never won other than the honorary Goya for his career in 2015. 

Two films about More

  • Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020
At the 32nd annual Scripter Awards are (l-r) USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan, writer/director Greta Gerwig, producer Amy Pascal, author Susan Orlean, USC President Carol Folt (Photo: Sarah Golonka)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Little Women and Fleabag won feature film and TV honors, respectively, at the 32nd annual USC Libraries Scripter Awards on Saturday night (1/25) at the Doheny Memorial Library on the USC campus in Los Angeles. The Scripter Awards recognize the year’s most accomplished adaptation of the written word for the screen, including feature film and television adaptations.

In her welcoming remarks, USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan noted that the Scripter Awards uniquely honor both the adapting screenwriters and the authors of the original source material. “Our celebrating both sets of writers speaks to what great libraries do,” she said. “We honor the past, make it accessible and relevant, even as we make possible the creativity and discoveries that will define the future.”

In the film category, the winners were 19th-century author Louisa May Alcott and screenwriter Greta Gerwig, who adapted Alcott’s novel “Little Women” for More

  • Friday, Jan. 24, 2020
In this Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Ewan McGregor attends the LA premiere of "Doctor Sleep" at the Regency Theatre Westwood in Los Angeles. McGregor says any delay in completing work on in his new Obi-Wan Kenobi “Star Wars” series will be brief and is aimed at making the show better. McGregor addressed trade reports that the Disney Plus series had been placed on hold at an event Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, promoting his latest film “Birds of Prey.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ewan McGregor says any delay in completing work on in his new Obi-Wan Kenobi "Star Wars" streaming series will be brief and is aimed at making it better.

McGregor addressed trade reports that the Disney Plus series had been placed on hold at an event Thursday promoting his latest film "Birds of Prey."

"It's only just slid back a bit," McGregor told The Associated Press. "But we're still shooting it. I think it'll still be aired when it was meant to be and I'm really excited about it."

The series will focus on Kenobi, a Jedi master, in the years before the events of the first "Star Wars" film. Alec Guinness played Kenobi in the original film, introducing millions to the franchise's mystical power, The Force.

McGregor played a young Kenobi during his early years a Jedi in three prequel films, beginning with 1999's "The Phantom Menace."

"The scripts are excellent and they just want them to be better, and so we just pushed More

  • Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020
Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood co-directed "Happy Happy Joy Joy--The Ren & Stimpy Story," which was selected for the Documentary Premieres lineup at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
LOS ANGELES -- 

Though it’s been barely a year since veteran executive producer Ron Cicero launched INVADER, the company has seen its directors make a couple of high profile industry marks--a documentary set to make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and a DGA Award nomination in the Variety/Talk/News/Sports--Specials category.

On the former score, the feature documentary Happy Happy Joy Joy--The Ren & Stimpy Story was selected for Sundance’s Documentary Premieres lineup. Written and co-directed by Cicero and Kimo Easterwood, the film explores the rise and fall of the groundbreaking animated series Ren & Stimpy and its controversial creator, John Kricfalusi, through archival footage, show artwork and interviews with the artists, actors and executives behind the show. (Cicero and Easterwood direct commercials via INVADER as a duo under the LGI Collective moniker.)

As for the DGA Award nomination, that honor was bestowed upon More

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