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  • Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020
Elarica Johnson (from left), Brandee Evans and Shannon Thorton in a scene from "P-Valley" (photo by Jessica Miglio, SMPSP/courtesy of STARZ)
LOS ANGELES -- 

The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600)/ICG Magazine’s “Deep Dive” series continues with an innovative group of filmmakers intent on (quite literally) changing the face of television. STARZ Network’s P-Valley, shot by Local 600 DPs Nancy Schreiber, ASC, and Richard Vialet, shines a light on characters rarely seen in episodic TV--Black female pole dancers in the Mississippi Delta. The second virtual session in the Local 600/ICG Magazine series will take place August 31 from 11 am to 12:30 pm (PDT). https://bit.ly/3aNA0Sk
 
Joining Schreiber and Vialet is P-Valley creator/showrunner Katori Hall, who has been a vocal advocate for racial and gender inclusivity as a playwright, and now again in episodic television. One of this acclaimed series’ many female directors joins the panel to talk about helping to propel the signature look for the series, which Hall describes as “ More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
In this May 2, 2018, file photo, director Roman Polanski appears at an international film festival, where he promoted his latest film, "Based on a True Story," in Krakow, Poland. A judge on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, denied Polanski's request to restore his membership into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that bestows the Academy Awards two years after he was expelled from it for raping a minor. The fugitive film director sued in April 2019, asking the court to compel the organization to make him a member in good standing again. (AP Photo/File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

A judge on Tuesday denied Roman Polanski's request to restore his membership in the organization that bestows the Academy Awards two years after he was expelled from it for raping a minor.

The fugitive film director sued in April 2019, asking the court to compel the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to make him a member in good standing again.

A year earlier, the academy made the rare move of expelling Polanski and Bill Cosby, months after ending the membership of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Polanski appealed the decision, and in January 2019 the academy rejected his appeal.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel on Tuesday ruled that the academy had a right to expel Polanski, afforded him a fair hearing and gave him sufficient notice of his expulsion. She adopted a tentative ruling that she had issued earlier on Tuesday as her final order. 

Harland Braun, Polanski's lawyer said the 87-year More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
Kate McKinnon arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The saga of Joe Exotic is getting another Hollywood chapter, with McKinnon starring as his rival in a limited TV series. The “Saturday Night Live” star will play Carole Baskin, who sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit breeding of big cats. The conflict became a pop culture sensation with Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The saga of Joe Exotic is getting another Hollywood chapter, with Kate McKinnon starring as his rival in a limited TV series.

The "Saturday Night Live" star will play Carole Baskin, who sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage's for-profit breeding of big cats. The conflict became a pop culture sensation with Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King."

The series, ordered without a pilot episode, will be based on the Wondery podcast "Joe Exotic," NBCUniversal Television and Streaming said Tuesday.

It's planned for release across three corporate siblings: the NBC broadcast network, cable's USA channel and the recently launched Peacock streaming service, NBC Universal said.

McKinnon also will be an executiver producer for the show with the working title of "Joe Exotic," Maldonado-Passage's nickname. He's also known by the surname Schreibvogel. 

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
Michael Ryan
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Market announced that all accredited buyers will receive complimentary credentials for AFM 2020 Online, taking place November 9-13, hosted by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®). Buyer registration is now open here.

Buyer credentials will provide access to the AFM 2020 Online platform, including screenings in the On Demand Theatre, all Exhibitor Pages, MyAFM--the profile and connections platform, and five days of live sessions. Buying companies that have not been previously accredited by AFM must apply for accreditation by October 23.  

“AFM 2020 Online is an exciting opportunity for us to fully embrace all of the world’s buyers, especially those who would not have been able to make the trip to Santa Monica,” said Michael Ryan, IFTA chairperson and partner, GFM Films. “The rapid changes and challenges in the industry create an even greater More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020
A scene from "The West Wing" (courtesy of Warner Bros. Television)
LOS ANGELES -- 

Ahead of one of the most pivotal elections in our nation’s history, HBO Max and The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin announced that for the first time in 17 years, the original cast of the Emmy®- and Peabody Award–winning hit Warner Bros. Television drama series will come together with Sorkin and executive producer/director Thomas Schlamme for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, which will debut on the streaming service this fall. 

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will feature a special theatrical stage presentation of the “Hartsfield’s Landing” episode from the show’s third season. The creative team and cast organized this historic production in order to raise awareness for and support the vital mission of When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama which was founded to increase participation in every election in America. In honor of the special, More

  • Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
This Feb. 25, 2020, file photo, shows the icon for TikTok in New York. The video app said it will wage a legal fight against the Trump Administration’s efforts to ban the popular, Chinese-owned service over national-security concerns. TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, insisted that it not is a national-security threat and that the government is acting without evidence or due process. The company said it will file suit against the government later Monday, Aug. 24 in federal court in California. (AP Photo/File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Video app TikTok said it will wage a legal fight against the Trump Administration's efforts to ban the popular, Chinese-owned  service over national-security concerns. 

TikTok, which is owned by China's ByteDance, insisted Monday that it is not a national-security threat and that the government is acting without evidence or due process. The company said it will file suit against the government later Monday in federal court in California. A copy of the complaint could not be obtained.

President Donald Trump has issued two executive orders in August, first a sweeping but unspecified ban on any"transaction" with ByteDance, to take effect within 45 days. He then ordered ByteDance to sell assets used to support TikTok in the U.S. 

Over past year, TikTok has tried to put distance between its app, which it says has 100 million U.S. users, and its Chinese owners. It installed a former top Disney executive as its American CEO and named two More

  • Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
Sue Shakespeare, ASIFA-Hollywood VP
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

While the current pandemic has been a challenge, ASIFA-Hollywood’s 48th Annie Awards™ ceremony will be held--either virtually or live--on Friday, April 16, 2021. The final decision on whether the ceremony is virtual or live will be determined this October 2020. “What this epidemic has taught us is to be flexible in the ways we deliver our message and share our experiences,” said ASIFA-Hollywood VP Sue Shakespeare. “Regardless of how the Annies ceremony is presented this year, it will honor all of the talent in our animation community with the utmost respect and inclusion.” 

Key dates for the 48th Annie Awards™ ceremony include: 

  • Call for Entries - Monday, January 4, 2021; 
  • Annies submissions deadline - 5 p.m. (PST), Monday, February 1, 2021; 
  • Nominations announced at 8 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 3, 2021; 
  • Online balloting begins Monday, March 29, 2021 and ends Friday, April 9, 2021. 

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  • Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, workers roll out the carpet for the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany. Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival say they will stop awarding separate acting prizes to women and men beginning next year. Berlinale organizers said Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 that the performance awards will be defined in a gender-neutral way at next year’s festival. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP, File)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

The organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival say they will stop awarding separate acting prizes to women and men beginning next year.

Berlinale organizers said Monday the performance awards will be defined in a gender-neutral way at next year's festival, for which a physical event is planned.

The festival awards a Golden Bear for the best film and a series of Silver Bears, which until this year included best actor and best actress honors. Organizers said those prizes will be replaced with a Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance and a Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance.

In a statement, the co-heads of the festival, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, said "not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry."

At the same time, the Alfred Bauer Prize, which is named after the festival's founding director, will More

  • Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
In this April 13, 2017, file photo, John Ridley, executive producer of "Guerrilla," poses at a "For Your Consideration" event for the Showtime series at the Writers Guild of America in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ridley will write the new Batman comic series with plans of the Dark Knight being a person of color. The Oscar-winning screenwriter and DC publisher Jim Lee announced plans for Ridley to write the miniseries during the DC FanDome virtual panel on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

John Ridley will write the new Batman comic series with plans of the Dark Knight being a person of color.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and DC publisher Jim Lee announced plans for Ridley to write the miniseries during a DC FanDome virtual panel on Saturday. The four-issue comic is scheduled to release in January.

Ridley said the series will focus on the family of Lucius Fox, who is one of Bruce Wayne's closest allies. Fox was also the president of Wayne Enterprises.

The panel revealed an illustration of a leaping Batman. 

Ridley won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay in 2013 for his work on "12 Years of Slave."

  • Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020
In this 1952 photo, Charlotta Spears Bass, publisher of The California Eagle, a Black newspaper, sits in her Los Angeles office. The groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist who ran in 1952 on the Progressive Party ticket is the subject of a new PBS/WNET "American Masters" short. (Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library via AP)
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) -- 

Kamala Harris made history last week by becoming the first Black woman to be nominated to run for vice president on a major party's ticket. But the first Black woman to run for vice president in the nation's history was trailblazing newspaperwoman Charlotta Spears Bass. 

The groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist who ran in 1952 on the Progressive Party ticket is the subject of a new PBS/WNET "American Masters" short. The 12-minute film is the final installment of a series focusing on 26 American women from 1890 to 1920, like Mexican American journalist Jovita Idar and Tye Leung Schulze, the first Chinese American woman to vote in the U.S.

Born in 1888 in Little Compton, Rhode Island (others have said she was born in Sumter, South Carolina), Bass rose to become publisher and owner of The California Eagle in 1912 following the death of the newspaper's founder, John James Neimore. The Eagle served as Southern California's Black More

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