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  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
Taiwanese director Ang Lee poses on the red carpet at the 56th Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Lee is the guest at this year's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Chinese-language film industry's biggest annual events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- 

Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee says China's boycott of Taiwan's Golden Horse film awards demonstrates how politics can take its toll on the arts.

Beijing's order to give Saturday night's awards show the cold shoulder was part of its campaign to rachet up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own territory.

Speaking to reporters Saturday night, Lee said politics was "an aspect we do not want to see. But we have to face it, because we live in this world."

"Everybody knows it, it is indeed a loss, no matter the red carpet or the films," said Lee, the festival's chair. "But of course, our best films, I personally think that they are not less good than the previous years. We still have very good films this year."

China held its own Golden Rooster film awards Saturday, featuring films approved by Communist Party censors.

Even without the ban, Chinese artists might have found it difficult to attend after More

  • Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
In this Dec. 2018, photo provided by Paul Marks shows his father, film and TV producer Arthur Marks. (Paul Marks via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Longtime producer and director Arthur Marks, who helmed many episodes of the "Perry Mason" TV series and produced several hit blaxploitation films, died at age 92.

Marks passed away Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, California, his son Paul said Saturday.

"My brother and I learned everything about the film industry from my father," said Paul Marks, who is a TV producer. "He was a pillar of the industry. He taught us the morals of the industry and how to treat people."

Arthur Marks' grandparents and parents worked in the film business, and he grew up in it.

Marks was the director and producer of 80 episodes of "Perry Mason." He also directed episodes of the TV shows "I Spy," "Mannix" and "The Dukes of Hazzard."

He made several films aimed at black audiences in the 1970s. They include "Detroit 9000," which was re-released in theaters in 1998 by Quentin Tarantino, and two films starring actress Pam Grier: "Friday More

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
This image released by Apple TV Plus shows, from left, Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in a scene from “The Banker." (Apple TV Plus via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Apple on Friday delayed the theatrical release of its first original film, "The Banker" amid misconduct allegations against one of the film's co-producers.

A person familiar with the plans who was not authorized to discuss them publicly confirmed Friday that the film's Dec. 6 release was being delayed.

The delay comes days after Apple canceled the film's premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, citing unspecified concerns about the movie and saying it needed time to review them.

The Hollywood Reporter published a story Wednesday that said the premiere was canceled after two relatives of Bernard Garrett Jr., who is a co-producer on the film, accused him of molesting them when they were girls.

Attempts to reach Garrett Jr. at several phone numbers listed to him were unsuccessful Friday.

The film is based on the life of Garrett's father, Bernard, who in the 1950s and '60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his More

  • Friday, Nov. 22, 2019
Scott Thigpen

Crazy Legs Productions, a producer of reality, true crime, sports programming, and branded entertainment, has launched a narrative feature film division, Crazy Legs Features. The company has plans to release between four and six films for theatrical and digital distribution per year.

Crazy Legs Features is already in pre-production on several projects, with its first film, Front Row Killer, having just begun principal photography. The female-driven thriller will star Brooke Butler (Ozark), Teressa Liane (Vampire Diaries and Into the Badlands), and Ryan Cooper (Eye Candy). Front Row Killer also marks the feature directorial debut of Marguerite Henry (EP on Her Dark Past and Seduced), who serves as a writer on the project.

“We’ve proven ourselves as innovators and creative storytellers in the non-fiction and branded entertainment spaces,” said Scott Thigpen, Crazy Legs More

  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
This image released by Apple TV Plus shows, from left, Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in a scene from “The Banker." (Apple TV Plus via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company's first original films, "The Banker" the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles' AFI Fest.

In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of "some concerns" surrounding "The Banker" and needs "some time to look into these matters." An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate.

The based-on-a-true-story film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Mackie plays Bernard Garrett who in the 1950s and '60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds.

The film is Apple's boldest step yet into moviemaking. A theatrical release is scheduled for Dec. 6, after which it would be a part of the company's new streaming service, Apple TV Plus.

AFI said it would replace "The Banker" with a screening of Noah Baumbach's Netflix release "Marriage Story" as its More

  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019
LITTLE FALLS, NJ -- 

East Main Media, a provider of audio/video production, captioning and transcription, postproduction, and content distribution services for organizations in the New York metropolitan area, has opened East Main Studios (EMS) in Little Falls, NJ.  EMS is a newly renovated 5,500 square foot facility billed as being the first and only full-service space in the region for hosting business events, broadcasting, delivering live streaming content, and providing professional media production services.

“Whether it’s a product launch or demonstration, board meeting, professional networking event, book signing, podcast with a live audience, or TEDx-type presentation, EMS offers a customizable space with best-in-class audio/video production capabilities,” said Brian Brodeur, EMS founder and president, adding that “all of our tech talent and a/v equipment is in-house and on premises.” 

EMS’ features and services include:

--A 2,000 square foot main More

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019
This combination photo shows actress Holly Hunter at the 29th annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 20, 2018, left, and actor Ted Danson at the NBC 2019/2020 Upfront in New York on May 13, 2019. NBC announced that Hunter and Danson will star in a comedy set in the world of local politics. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Holly Hunter will star opposite Ted Danson in an upcoming NBC comedy set in the world of local politics.

The network said Wednesday that Hunter will play a liberal Los Angeles city councilwoman in the series from writer-producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

Hunter's character is a veteran politician who's suspicious of Danson's newly elected mayor, a wealthy businessman who's never served in government.

Hunter is an Academy Award winner for the 1993 film "The Piano" and has three other Oscar nominations. She's also worked extensively in TV, most recently in the HBO series "Succession," and received six Emmy nods.

Danson stars in NBC's comedy "The Good Place," which is in its final season.

An air date for the untitled series wasn't announced.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
This undated photo provided by NBC shows Molly Solomon. Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage. NBC announced on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, that it has promoted Solomon to executive producer and president of the network’s Olympics unit, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division. (Virginia Sherwood/NBC via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage.

NBC announced on Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive president and producer of the network's Olympics unit, becoming the first woman to be an executive producer for a network sports division.

Solomon succeeds Jim Bell, who announced Nov. 4 he was leaving the network. She will continue to be executive producer at GOLF Channel, a position she has held since 2012.

"I have three loves in my professional life; it's sports television, the Olympics and golf, so I feel really very fortunate to be able to combine them," Solomon said during a conference call Tuesday. "I really feel like I'm returning to my roots at NBC Olympics.

"My first job out of college nearly 30 years ago was as an Olympic researcher. So over the next 22 years I really climbed the production ladder at NBC Sports More

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019
In this B/W file photo dated Nov 12, 1985, actress Faye Dunaway smiles during opening night of her husband, photographer Terry O'Neill's exhibit at New York's Susan Michael's Galerie Lafayette, as O'Neill celebrates publication of his book "Legends" covering 20-years of his photography. Iconic photographer Terry O'Neill, who chronicled the swinging 60s generation, died Saturday Nov. 17, 2019, aged 81, according to an announcement from his licensing agency. (AP Photo/Erica Lansner, FILE)
LONDON (AP) -- 

British photographer Terry O’Neill, whose images captured London’s Swinging ‘60s and who created iconic portraits of Elton John, Brigitte Bardot and Winston Churchill, has died at age 81.

O’Neill died Saturday at his home in London following a long battle with cancer, according to Iconic Images, the agency that represented O’Neill.

“Terry was a class act, quick witted and filled with charm,” the agency said in a statement posted to its website. “Anyone who was lucky enough to know or work with him can attest to his generosity and modesty. As one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years, his legendary pictures will forever remain imprinted in our memories as well as in our hearts and minds.”

Born in London in 1938, O’Neill was working as a photographer for an airline at Heathrow Airport when he snapped a picture of a well-dressed man sleeping on a bench. The man turned out to be the British home secretary, and O’Neill More

  • Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo a woman buys refills for her Juul at a smoke shop in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

California on Monday sued the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging that Juul Labs deliberately marketed and sold its flavored nicotine products to teenagers.

The lawsuit from California’s attorney general is the latest legal action against Juul, the multi-billion dollar vaping startup that has been widely blamed for helping spark the teen vaping craze.

California is the second state to sue the company, following a North Carolina lawsuit in May. Illinois, Massachusetts and several other states are also investigating the company.

A Juul spokesman said the company’s intended customers are adult smokers, adding “we do not intend to attract underage users.”

Under intense pressure, the company has suspended its U.S. advertising and halted sales of all but two of its flavors, menthol and tobacco. Additionally, the company shuttered its social media accounts, tightened age verification for online sales and replaced its CEO. More

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