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  • Tuesday, May. 26, 2020
In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, the CBS logo appears onscreen at the Winter TCAs in Pasadena, Calif. The state of California is suing CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show’s cinematographer, Gregory St. Johns, engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series "Criminal Minds," alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years. 

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing says the show's production team knew of and condoned the behavior of cinematographer Gregory St. Johns throughout the 14 years he spent on "Criminal Minds," and fired more than a dozen men who resisted his unwanted groping and sexual harassment. 

"With the aid of defendants, St. Johns created an unchecked intimidating, hostile, and offensive work environment on the set of Criminal Minds," the lawsuit alleges.

The popular crime procedural, which ran on CBS from 2005 until earlier this year, was co-produced by CBS and the Disney-owned ABC Signature Studios. 

Those three entities along with More

  • Tuesday, May. 26, 2020
In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

It's a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over the two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

"We liked the idea of having athletes from diverse sports that represent something for every fan," show producer Jeff Smith said by phone. "We're finding ways to make this feel really connected to the audience. They're so ready to reach out to this community."

It's quite a departure from the red More

  • Friday, May. 22, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

In light of the global pandemic and the current circumstances facing the entertainment industry, HBO will redirect funds allocated for the company’s landmark Emmy® party and FYC events to make a $1 million donation to the charitable efforts of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
 
“On behalf of Bob Greenblatt and myself, we are proud to make this contribution from HBO instead of using it for our traditional Emmy party and FYC events,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “I am tremendously proud of all of our shows in Emmy® contention this year, and I am hopeful they will receive the recognition I believe is richly deserved for all of our talented collaborators, in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to being able to get back to the work we love.”
 
The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund is providing essential support to emergent, critical needs identified More

  • Thursday, May. 21, 2020
This May 5, 2019 file photo shows Alex Trebek presenting an award at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. The “Jeopardy!” veteran host's nomination for best game show host could give him for a second consecutive win in the category. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The first season of "The Kelly Clarkson Show" received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for best entertainment talk show and host, while "Jeopardy!" veteran Alex Trebek's nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category.

"General Hospital" earned a leading 23 nominations Thursday, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom.

Other top nominees are "Days of Our Lives" with 22 bids, "The Young and the Restless" with 21 and "The Bold and the Beautiful" with 13. 

"Days of Our Lives" star Susan Seaforth Hayes was nominated for best supporting drama actress. Hayes, 76, is the only cast member to appear in the series in each of the six decades that it has been on the air.

Trebek, who has continued to host "Jeopardy!" as he battles pancreatic cancer, has won six Daytime Emmys for his work on the show, and More

  • Thursday, May. 21, 2020
In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston said Loughlin and Giannulli have agreed to plead guilty to charges of trying to secure the fraudulent admission of their two children to the University of Southern California as purported athletic recruits. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
BOSTON (AP) -- 

Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges in the college admissions bribery case and serve prison time, according to court papers filed Thursday.

The couple agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in a plea agreement filed in Boston's federal court. The charge carries up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed.

Under the plea agreement, Loughlin has agreed to serve two months in prison and Giannulli has agreed to serve five months. The plea deal must be approved by the judge. 

"Under the plea agreements filed today, these defendants will serve prison terms reflecting their respective roles in a conspiracy to corrupt the college admissions process and which are consistent with prior sentences More

  • Thursday, May. 21, 2020
Dario Bigi
NEW YORK -- 

Color is coming to Bonfire, in the form of a new color grading suite, the addition of color to the remote services that the company offers, and the hiring of Dario Bigi as sr. colorist.

Bigi joins Bonfire from his role as a leading independent colorist in New York, working out of his own Manhattan studio and maintaining a client base that includes postproduction companies, ad agencies and media brands. His showreel runs the gamut from automotive to fashion and beauty, from celebrities to lifestyle spots and from TV series to features, docs and shorts. On the commercials front, he’s graded ads for such brands as American Express, Mercedes-Benz, adidas, Visa, Lexus and Reebok.

Bonfire partner and managing director Jason Mayo said the company’s expansion into color was fueled by its growth. “Building a substantial color offering was a really easy decision for us,” he noted. “We try to be extremely versatile with our resources and talent. Most More

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
This Aug. 3, 2016 file photo shows director Zack Snyder at the premiere of "Suicide Squad" in London. Warner Bros. Pictures say that Snyder’s cut of 2017′s “Justice League” will debut next year on the streaming service HBO Max. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

For several years, the slogan "Release the Snyder cut" has reverberated online as a rallying cry both genuine and ironic — a "Vive la revolution" for comic book movie fans. On Wednesday, they finally got their wish. 

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that a director's cut of Zack Snyder's 2017's DC Comics film "Justice League" will next year debut on the streaming service HBO Max. Snyder first announced the news himself in a live video conference commentary for his Superman film "Man of Steel."

The so-called #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement began around the release of "Justice League," a movie that Snyder directed but was replaced in postproduction by Joss Whedon. The "Avengers" director, who was credited as co-writer, oversaw extensive reshoots, editing and visual effects. 

By then, Snyder's stewardship of the DC Comics films had drawn much criticism; his previous film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" rated 28% fresh on Rotten More

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
This May 5, 2019 file photo shows host Mario Lopez on stage at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. The Daytime Emmy Awards are skipping a theater ceremony because of the coronavirus but the honors will be presented on a TV broadcast on June 26. Nominations for the 47th annual Daytime Emmys will be announced Thursday on CBS’ “The Talk,” with categories including best drama series, talk show and game show. The TV academy that organizes the daytime awards had announced it wouldn’t hold the traditional theater ceremony out of pandemic safety concerns. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Daytime Emmy Awards are skipping a theater ceremony because of the coronavirus but the honors will be presented on a TV broadcast.

CBS' decision to air the awards on June 26 is a bright spot for the daytime honors, which had been consigned to an online presentation in recent years as viewer interest dwindled.

Nominations for the 47th annual Daytime Emmys are to be announced Thursday on CBS' "The Talk," with categories including best drama series, talk show and game show.

The New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which organizes the daytime awards, had previously announced it wouldn't hold the traditional theater ceremony out of pandemic safety concerns.

Awards will be presented on the CBS broadcast in leading categories, with winners and "other special guests appearing from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic," the network and academy said in a joint announcement.

Winners in other More

  • Wednesday, May. 20, 2020
In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, file photo a logo of the car manufacturer Volkswagen is pictured on top of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

Germany's Volkswagen has pulled a social media ad for a new car and apologized after an outcry over its racist overtones.

The ten-second spot posted on Instagram and Twitter shows a massive white hand pushing a black man away from beside a new yellow Volkswagen Golf parked on the street, then moving him to an open doorway and flicking him inside a French cafe.

Commentators on social media also noted that as the German-language slogan "Der Neue Golf" - "The New Golf" - fades into view, the jumble of letters can be read as a racial slur for a brief moment.

And the cafe's name is Petit Colon, which in French literally means the "Little Colonist."

Volkswagen told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the video had been pulled and that "we can understand the outrage and anger."

"Without question: the video is inappropriate and tasteless," Volkswagen wrote. "We will clarify how something like this could happen, and there More

  • Tuesday, May. 19, 2020
This Nov. 15, 2018, file photo shows the logo of Sony at its showroom in Tokyo. Sony Corp. is making its financial services unit a wholly owned subsidiary to ensure stability as the Japanese entertainment and electronics company seeks to ride out the financial woes brought on by the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Sony Corp. plans to make its financial services unit a wholly owned subsidiary to ensure stability as it rides out the hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

"We will be able to carry out more flexible management," Kenichiro Yoshida, chief executive of the Japanese entertainment and electronics company, told reporters in a livestream news conference Tuesday.

Tokyo-based Sony is making a tender offer for the shares of Sony Financial Holdings Inc., of which it now owns about 65%. 

Sony said the company name will become Sony Group Corp., upon shareholders' approval later this year, effective April 1, 2021. Its electronics segment will take on the Sony Corp. name, it said. 

Sony technology is likely to prove useful in future financial services, such as the fintech area, it said, providing "synergies." It will also enhance profitability, it said. 

That term, used by Sony for years, refers to how various parts of More

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