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  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
In this Jan. 13, 2018, file photo, Naya Rivera participates in the "Step Up: High Water" panel during the YouTube Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Naya Rivera, a singer and actror who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy "Glee," was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. She was 33.

Rivera's body was discovered six days  after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son, Josey, was found July 8 alone on a boat the two had rented, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said. The Sheriff's Office confirmed that the body was Rivera's.

"Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were," wrote "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch on Twitter. Steven Canals, who co-created and produced the FX television show "Pose," tweeted that he was "heartbroken over all the stories that will remain untold."

Rivera began acting at a young age, but she rose to national attention playing a lesbian teen on "Glee," which aired from 2009 until 2015 on Fox. She is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George; a younger brother, Mychal; a sister, Nickayla; and her 4-year-old son.

"Naya Rivera More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Scott Z. Burns talking to students via Zoom
LONDON -- 

Last week Scott Z. Burns, writer of the movie Contagion (2011), which in some ways foreshadowed the current coronavirus crisis, virtually visited during this time of lockdown MetFilm School students for an exclusive masterclass (MetFilm School has campuses in London and Berlin.) He discussed Contagion, his career journey and finding his passion.

Burns has worn different industry hats with great aplomb. He was a producer on the Oscar-winning feature documentary An Inconvenient Truth and then its sequel. His writing credits range from The Mercy (with MetFilm Production) to director Paul Greengrass’ The Bourne Ultimatum to Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects and the Netflix release Laundromat. Burns also served as a producer on Side Effects and Laundromat

He further extended his filmography and storytelling reach with The Report More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Invisible Collective founders (l-r) Stephen “Dr” Love, Mel Jones and Justin Polk
LOS ANGELES -- 

Directors Justin Polk and Mel Jones along with Hollywood producer/entrepreneur Stephen “Dr” Love have launched Invisible Collective, a production company and creative studio looking to partner with advertising and entertainment industry leaders seeking greater access to directors and creatives -- including women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Founders Polk, Jones and Love have collectively worked with world-class brands and A-list talent including Verizon, Hyundai, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Whole Foods, Boost Mobile, Procter & Gamble, Lionsgate, and rapper Big Sean. The team’s work has earned such accolades as an Emmy, five Cannes Lions (including the Film Grand Prix), and an MTV Video Music Award. 

Invisible Collective has assembled a roster of talent that includes Polk, Jones,  Academy-Award winner Matthew A. Cherry (his film Hair Love won Best Animated Short Film in 2020), contemporary American artist More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Michael Ryan
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Market (AFM®) will bring its 2020 edition online, the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA®) announced today. AFM 2020 Online will run over five days, Monday, November 9-Friday, November 13, shifting one week later than originally scheduled, so as not to overlap with Election Day in the United States. This year will be the 41st market.
 
“By making this announcement four months in advance, AFM’s stakeholders can move forward and plan with certainty,” said Michael Ryan, chairman, IFTA and partner, GFM Films. “AFM 2020 Online will give the global film community the opportunities that are always critical to our success--to meet, share knowledge, collaborate, and discover tomorrow’s films as they do every year in Santa Monica.”

The full program and participation details will be unveiled later this summer.

The AFM is a marquee film acquisition, development and networking event. More than $1 billion in More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
Sound Lounge COO and partner Marshall Grupp
NEW YORK -- 

While thousands of offices have shut down as a result of government-mandated closures in response to the pandemic, a new study from Sound Lounge, an artist-owned postproduction facility in Manhattan, found that many professionals in advertising will remain hesitant to return to the workplace, even after government restrictions lifted. When asked about several factors to consider when going back into the workplace, 81% of respondents felt negatively about returning to work in person, whether that be at their own office or attending sessions at post facilities. Results further indicate that a significant majority of the advertising community surveyed still feel strongly about waiting until later this year, or until 2021, to return to the office.

“Considering the severity of the pandemic and the way it has altered our understanding of shared spaces, the concern we see in these results is not entirely surprising,” said Marshall Grupp, COO and Partner More

  • Monday, Jul. 13, 2020
In this June 14, 2018, file photo, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attend the premiere of "Gotti" at the SVA Theatre in New York. Preston, whose credits included the films “Twins” and “Jerry Maguire,” died Sunday, July 12, 2020, her husband Travolta said. She was 57. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in "Jerry Maguire" to Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Twins," died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was 57.

Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer. 

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer," Travolta said. "She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many."

The couple had three children together.

"Shocked by this sad news," Maria Shriver said on Twitter. "Kelly was such a bright loving soul, a talented actress, and a loving mom and wife. My heart breaks for her family who have already known such sadness and grief."

Preston had a lengthy acting career in movies and television, starring opposite Kevin Costner in the 1999 film "For the Love of the Game." In 2003, she More

  • Sunday, Jul. 12, 2020
This Nov. 3 2017 file photo shows the logo Ubisoft on a computer screen at the Paris Games Week in Paris. French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

French gaming giant Ubisoft is parting ways with its creative director and two other executives and promising zero tolerance for "toxic" staff behavior following an internal investigation of misconduct and media reports of sexual harassment and other workplace abuse.

In a statement Sunday, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the developer of "Assassin's Creed" and other games "has fallen short in its obligation to guarantee a safe and inclusive workplace environment for its employees."

"This is unacceptable, as toxic behaviors are in direct contrast to values on which I have never compromised — and never will," Guillemot said.

Ubisoft announced the immediate resignation of Serge Hascoet as the firm's powerful chief creative officer. 

Hascoet joined Ubisoft in 1987, the year after Guillemot founded the company with his four brothers. Ubisoft had previously described Hascoet as its "creative leader" whose "unique vision has infused More

  • Sunday, Jul. 12, 2020
Taiwanese actress Gingle Wang kisses her award for Best Actress at the 2020 Taipei Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, July 11, 2020. The 2020 Taipei Film Festival is the world's first large-scale film festival held by an entity after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- 

Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night, as the island holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases. 

Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn't wear masks in historic Zhongshan Hall in Taipei. Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million people, has had 451 confirmed cases and seven deaths. 

A baseball game in the city of Taichung on Saturday drew more than 10,000 fans for the first time this season, the official Central News Agency said. Health authorities said last month that fans would be allowed to sit in alternate seats and no longer would have to wear masks, except when leaving their seats. Authorities have been gradually allowing larger crowds since play began in April with no fans.

The horror film "Detention," set during martial law in Taiwan in the 1960s, was the biggest winner at the More

  • Friday, Jul. 10, 2020
A supporter wipes her tears after hearing the results of the voting at the House of Representative for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN at the company headquarters of ABS-CBN in Quezon City, Philippines, Friday, July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- 

Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage.

The House of Representatives' Committee on Franchises voted 70-11 to reject a new 25-year license for ABS-CBN Corp. The National Telecommunications Commission had ordered the broadcaster to shut down in May after its old franchise expired. It halted broadcasting then, but the vote takes it off the air permanently.

Only the House of Representatives, which is dominated by President Rodrigo Duterte's allies, can grant such franchises and the chance of any reversal of Friday's vote is extremely low, lawmakers said. 

The network, which used to be viewed by millions of Filipinos on free TV, has been able to continue broadcasting some of its TV and radio news programs over paid cable channels, but with a small fraction of its More

  • Thursday, Jul. 9, 2020
Members of Ventura County Sheriff's Office Underwater Search and Rescue Team search for former "Glee" actress Naya Rivera, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Lake Piru, Calif. Rivera rented a boat on Wednesday and her 4-year-old son was found alone on the rented boat. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Authorities said Thursday that they believe "Glee" star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. 

"Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what appears to be a tragic accident," a Ventura County Sheriff's Office statement said. 

The boy, who was found asleep and wearing a life vest late Wednesday afternoon, told investigators that he and his mother went swimming and he got back on the boat, but "his mom never made it out of the water," Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said.

Surveillance video taken at about 1 p.m. Wednesday shows Rivera and the boy leaving on the boat at Lake Piru, something she had done before. 

"She had experience boating out here at the lake," Donoghue said. 

The boy was discovered by the vendor who rented the boat to the pair. Rivera's identification and an adult life vest were on the More

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