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  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Vice President Mike Pence answers a question during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

It's not difficult to figure out which television networks are benefiting from the presidential election, and which ones should worry about next year.

Collectively, the news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC averaged just under 10 million viewers in primetime last week, or 72 percent more than the same week in 2019, the Nielsen company said.

At a time most networks are grateful not to lose too many viewers year-to-year, Fox News' average of 4.42 million last week was up 63 percent, MSNBC's 2.75 million was up 38 percent and CNN's 2.59 million represented an eye-popping 172 percent increase.

Gravity usually has a way of dealing with what goes up, and there's concern about what will happen to the news networks when the election is over. That's especially the case if the more conventional candidate, Democrat Joe Biden, beats President Donald Trump.

The vice presidential debate between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020
Conchata Ferrell arrives at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 16, 2007, in Los Angeles. Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” has died. Ferrell was 77. A publicist says the actor died in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, with her family at her side. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Conchata Ferrell, who became known for her role as Berta the housekeeper on TV's "Two and a Half Men" after a long career as a character actor on stage and in movies, including "Mystic Pizza" and "Network," has died. She was 77.

Ferrell died Monday at Sherman Oaks Hospital in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest, according to publicist Cynthia Snyder. 

Ferrell soldiered through more than a decade on "Two and a Half Men," playing opposite Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer until Sheen was fired from the sitcom for erratic behavior that included publicly insulting producer Chuck Lorre. 

The series, which debuted in 2003 on CBS, continued on the network with new star Ashton Kutcher until 2015. Ferrell was on board for the full run.

She was remembered by Cryer for the "joy she brought so many."

"Berta's gruff exterior was an invention of the writers. Chatty's warmth and vulnerability were her real strengths," he posted on Twitter More

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
In this Nov. 13, 2019 file photo, a Disney logo forms part of a menu for the Disney Plus movie and entertainment streaming service on a computer screen in Walpole, Mass. Disney said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Disney said Monday that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. 

The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit box-office revenue by closing many theaters. Disney has released several major titles on streaming services that would traditionally have appeared at cinemas, like a live-action remake of "Mulan"  and the upcoming Pixar film "Soul" that will hit Disney Plus at Christmas. Americans continue to drop their cable subscriptions, affecting the company's TV networks. 

So the company is creating three content arms, one each for sports, general entertainment and its studios, which have famous brands including Star Wars and Marvel. More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
A scene from "One Night in Miami," directed by Regina King (photo by Patti Perret/courtesy of Amazon Prime)
LOS ANGELES -- 

AFI Fest 2020 (10/15-22) has added a Centerpiece Drive-in screening of director Regina King’s One Night in Miami to this year’s lineup. The Amazon Original film will be presented at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, October 19.  The feature takes place over one night with icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown examining the civil rights movement.  Written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based off his 2013 stage play, One Night in Miami is produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein, and King and Powers are executive producers. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.

“Regina King’s directorial debut is a knock-out,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals.  “And AFI is proud to celebrate her boundless talents in a setting larger than life.”

About the film
On one incredible night in 1964, four icons of sports, music More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter is imposing new rules, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, ahead of the U.S. presidential election, prohibiting people, including candidates, from claiming an election win before it is called by either state election officials or two authoritative, national news outlets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 

Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation, calling for political violence and spreading thoughtless commentary in the days leading up to and following the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

The social platform will remove tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results. Tweets that falsely claim a candidate has won will be labeled to direct users to the official U.S. election results page on Twitter.

Twitter said Friday it is will also make it more difficult to retweet posts it has labeled to highlight the presence of misleading information — whether about COVID, civic integrity or for including manipulated photos or videos. Beginning next week, people who want to retweet such posts will see a prompt pointing them to credible information about the topic before they are able to retweet it. The step is More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Jamie Foxx arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The film, about a middle school teacher played by Foxx, with dreams of becoming a jazz musician, was originally to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Pixar film "Soul" will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming.

The move, widely expected after the recent exodus of most major upcoming releases, marks one of the final dominos to fall in Hollywood's disastrous autumn. Following the exit of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" from November, the next big movie on the calendar is Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman 1984," currently set for Dec. 25.

The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Earlier this week, Cinemark said it would again shutter the U.S. and U.K. locations of its Regal cinemas, the country's second-largest theater chain. 

On Thursday, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the trade group of exhibitors, said its #SaveYourCinema campaign has flooded More

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
Veronique Vowell
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Veteran location manager Veronique Vowell will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating “2020 Vision: We See It First.” A founding member of the Location Managers Guild, Vowell is best known for her work on Cold Case, Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere, Ray Donovan, The Replacements, Angels in the Outfield and The Distinguished Gentleman. Hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, the Awards will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 2 p.m. PDT presented via a digital ceremony on YouTube.  
 
“I am in awe of Veronique’s passion, perseverance and expertise. As an actor, a producer and as a director on Scandal, I was always inspired by Veronique’s artistry, her talent, her commitment, her work ethic, her kindness and her unwavering ‘can do’ attitude. I am thrilled that she is being honored in this way,” said Kerry Washington.
 
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  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Iconic Talent Agency and Iconic Editorial founder Devin Mann (center) is flanked by editors Tom Cross (l) and Joe Walker
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- 

Iconic Editorial, a subsidiary of Iconic Talent Agency, has opened its doors with an A-list roster of editors from features and television including Oscar-winner (for Whiplash) Tom Cross, double Oscar-nominee Joe Walker (for 12 Years a Slave and Arrival), and American Cinema Editors Award-winner Jinmo Yang (for Parasite, which also earned him an Oscar nod). Commercial and branded entertainment projects will be the focus for Iconic Editorial.

Cross has just completed editing Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Bond film No Time To Die. Joe Walker is currently in edit on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Others on the Iconic Editorial roster include Tyler Nelson who’s cutting The Batman for director Matt Reeves; Jake Roberts, the editor behind Alex Garland’s sci-fi series Devs; Colby Parker Jr. whose credits include Friday Night Lights, Deepwater Horizon and Antman; John Gilbert who More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." Filming on the new “Jurassic World: Dominion” movie has been suspended for two weeks in the U.K. because of COVID-19 cases on set. Director Colin Trevorrow tweeted Wednesday that there were “a few” positive tests for the virus. (Universal Pictures via AP)

Filming on the new "Jurassic World" movie at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. has been suspended for two weeks because of COVID-19 cases on set. Director Colin Trevorrow tweeted Wednesday that there were "a few" positive tests for the virus. 

He added that the individuals tested negative shortly after, but that they would be pausing for two weeks regardless to adhere to safety protocols. 

A spokesperson for Universal Pictures said they were informed of the positive tests last night and that all tested negative this morning. 

"The safety and well-being of our entire cast and crew is paramount," the spokesperson added. "Those who initially tested positive are currently self-isolating, as are those who they have come into contact with."

On Tuesday, Universal said that the release of "Jurassic World: Dominion" was being delayed a year to June 2022. 

The franchise starring Chris Pratt was one of the first major Hollywood More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from "Dune." Warner Bros. said late Monday that its sci-fi pic “Dune” will now open in October 2021, instead of this December. The studio also pushed back it’s “Matrix” sequel by 8 months to late 2021 and “The Batman” to 2022. (Chia Bella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

The 2020 theatrical release calendar is getting even slimmer in the wake of the announcement that Regal cinemas are temporarily closing, although AMC, North America's largest theater chain, says it will remain open.

Warner Bros. said late Monday that its sci-fi pic "Dune" will now open in October 2021, instead of this December. The studio also pushed back its "Matrix" sequel by 8 months to late 2021 and "The Batman" to 2022. 

AMC Entertainment reiterated its commitment to stay open and cited a slew of upcoming new releases that it will be playing, including this weekend's new films "The War With Grandpa," with Robert De Niro, and "Yellow Rose." Roughly 80% of its U.S. locations are currently open. 

With the recent exit of the next James Bond film, that leaves a mere handful of big films set to still open in 2020: Pixar's "Soul," on Nov. 20, Universal's "The Croods: A New Age," on Nov. 25, Disney's "Death on the Nile," on Dec. 18 and More

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