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  • 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

  • Friday, Aug. 21, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The United Nations (UN) and the Producers Guild of America (PGA) are launching a series of virtual workshops that detail how producers and members of the creative community can collaborate with the UN on social impact entertainment projects.  

In the first workshop, being hosted this Saturday (8/22), creators will learn what social impact entertainment is, the benefits of working with the UN, and the resources available to content creators. Additionally, participants will learn about how the UN works and the most pressing challenges currently on its agenda, before taking a deep dive into previous successful partnerships with the film and television industry. 

Speakers for the first session include United Nations Under-Secretary-General For Global Communication Melissa Fleming; Lori McCreary, executive producer of Madam Secretary; Trey Callaway, co-executive producer and writer of Revolution, and Joanne Gunsberg, director of sustainability More

  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
Emely Frahis, 5, chases three-year-old Lilly Stevenson around the lobby as they wait to go into the theatre to see "Beauty and the Beast", of the first showings at the AMC theatre when it re-opened for the first time since shutting down at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in West Homestead, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) -- 

The doors to the AMC Waterfront 22 were locked. They had been for five months, along with most indoor theaters in the U.S. because of COVID-19. But in 20 minutes that was about to change and four people in masks were already gathered outside the theater 8 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in eager anticipation. They were there to see the Vin Diesel movie "Bloodshot" for 15 cents a ticket. After so many months, 20 extra minutes didn't seem like all that long to wait.

The lights started slowing coming back on in theaters nationwide Thursday with AMC Theaters, the country's largest chain, leading the charge. 

AMC opened some 113 locations across the U.S., advertising retro pricing and retro screenings to entice audiences back to the movies. Regal, the second largest exhibitor, is following suit Friday. It's been a long-time coming for the beleaguered businesses, which had several false starts due to coronavirus spikes.

When the doors at More

  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
In this March 2, 2020, file photo, tourists pull their trolleys as they walk through a nearly empty St. Mark's Square on a rainy day in Venice. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
ROME (AP) -- 

The Venice Film Festival, the first major in-person cinema showcase of the COVID-19 era, is requiring participants to wear face masks during screenings and take a coronavirus test if they are arriving from outside Europe.

According to guidelines published Thursday, fans and the general public will be kept away from the red carpet during the Sept. 2-12 festival, and movie-goers will have to buy tickets and reserve seats online to ensure every other seat is left vacant. 

Nine gates set up at various points around the Venice Lido will take temperatures of movie-goers and media, and stars will have transport and red carpet arrivals arranged by festival organizers to prevent crowds from forming even within official delegations.

Festival-goers attending indoor events will be tracked to guarantee contact tracing if necessary.

The film festival will be the first in-person movie event since the pandemic began and it is one of the More

  • Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
This combination of photos shows actress Taraji P. Henson (l) and filmmaker Lulu Wang, who are among the talent participating in a series of virtual panels about inclusion and equity in Hollywood hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that the panels rolling out through September and October will be available to the public. (AP Photo)

Lee Daniels, Lulu Wang and Taraji P. Henson are among the talent participating in a series of virtual panels about inclusion and equity in Hollywood hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that the panels rolling out through September and October will be available to the public. 

Topics will include navigating Hollywood as a Black gay man, with Daniels and "Moonlight" screenwriter Tarrell Alvin McCraney, Latino erasure in Hollywood, with Marvel executive Victoria Alonso, documentaries, color-conscious casting and gender parity. There will also be a town hall focused on the organization's Black membership. 

Entitled "Academy Dialogues: It Starts with Us," the series is part of the film academy's push to further equity and inclusion in its ranks and in the entertainment industry. 

"These conversations may be uncomfortable for some, but they are necessary to More

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