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  • Monday, Jul. 26, 2021
In this combination photo, Jackee Harry attends Lupus LA's Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon on Nov. 1, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. and Lisa Rinna attends An Unforgettable Evening on Feb. 27, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif.. The NBC soap opera "Days of our Lives" is getting its own spinoff for Peacock. The streaming service announced Monday, July 26, 2021, it has ordered five episodes of "Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem." The series will feature both past and present characters of the series, including Rinna as Billie Reed and Harry as Paulina Price. (AP Photo)

The NBC soap opera "Days of our Lives" is getting its own spinoff for Peacock.

NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock, announced Monday that it has ordered five episodes of "Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem." The series will feature both past and present characters of the series, including Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed and Jackée Harry as Paulina Price. Additional casting is still to be announced.

As its name suggests, "Beyond Salem" will take place away from the fictional town of Salem, Illinois, and follow characters traveling for a long weekend, visiting Zurich, New Orleans, Phoenix or Miami as they're caught up in a case of stolen jewels. This is where Rinna's character, Billie, comes in as she's an International Security Alliance agent who will be on the case.

"Days of our Lives" has been renewed through September 2023.

  • Sunday, Jul. 25, 2021
Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 23, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

An estimated 17 million people in the United States watched the opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics held in a largely empty stadium, down 36% from the kickoff to the Rio de Janeiro Games five years ago.

The 17 million includes people who watched the ceremony live on NBC or online when it aired Friday morning and those who saw an edited version on NBC in prime time that night, the Nielsen company said Sunday.

NBC was unable to break down how many people watched live and how many saw the prime-time version. The 26.7 million who saw the Rio opening ceremony included both television and online viewership.

Nine years ago, when the Summer Olympics were held in London, the opening ceremony drew a record-setting U.S. audience of 40.7 million people.

It's difficult to tell how much the sluggish start to the Tokyo Games reflects decreased interest in the Olympics, which were delayed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, or More

  • Friday, Jul. 23, 2021
HPA Award trophies
BURBANK, Calif. -- 

The 2021 Hollywood Professional Association (HPA®) Awards is returning to an in-person event this year. This year’s gala will take place November 18 at the Hollywood Legion Theater in Hollywood, California. Since 2006, the HPA Awards have honored the brilliance of the community that brings creative vision to life, recognizing artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in addition to special awards for Creativity & Innovation, industry contribution, and Engineering Excellence.  

Seth Hallen, HPA president, noted, “We look forward to the HPA Awards gala every year, but this year more than ever. This is where the industry comes together to celebrate our amazing work and spend an evening honoring our own. Over this past year, I have been continually inspired by the absolute dedication of our community. Artists and post facility professionals have maintained focus on delivering incredible work during a challenging time. This More

  • Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021

“Let Her Run”--a compelling film created by the Africa agency and produced by Santería Filmes for SporTV to bring attention to unfair and damaging restrictions placed on women by athletic federations--has won the inaugural SeeHer Lens Award in the New York Festivals International Advertising Awards competition. The winning entry illustrates the dramatic real-life sex testing in the 1960s, called “nude parades,” that many female athletes went through to prove that they were really women.

The SeeHer Lens Award honors best-in-class creative film work submitted to the 2021 competition that exemplifies gender equality and accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising. 

The SeeHer Lens Award is a partnership between NYF, The Female Quotient (The FQ), and the ANA. This award sets the standards for creative media, celebrates advertisers who are driving change via the accurate representation of women and girls and brings visibility to More

  • Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021
Film Independent president Josh Welsh

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced that the 37th annual awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2022 in Los Angeles. Traditionally held the Saturday before the Oscars, the 2022 date marks a shift in the season, placing the Spirit Awards in an earlier juncture squarely in the corridor leading into Oscar voting. While historically an early afternoon affair, the 2022 ceremony will be held at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

The Spirit Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion in the industry.

“The Spirit Awards have always championed diverse, unique, independent storytelling; shifting earlier in the awards season will allow us to shine an even brighter light on the films and shows we are excited to celebrate,” said Josh Welsh, president of Film More

  • Thursday, Jul. 22, 2021
In this combination photo, Frances McDormand, left, poses in the press room at the Oscars on April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles and Denzel Washington arrives at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 6, 2019 in Los Angeles. Joel Coen's "The Tragedy of Macbeth" starring McDormand and Washington will have its world premiere on opening night of the New York Film Festival, organizers said Thursday, July 22, 2021. The 59th edition of the festival kicks off Sept. 24. (AP Photo)

Joel Coen's "The Tragedy of Macbeth" starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington will have its world premiere on opening night of the New York Film Festival, organizers said Thursday. The 59th edition of the festival kicks off Sept. 24. 

Washington plays the Scottish Lord and McDormand stars as the scheming Lady in Coen's black and white adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. The official description said the film is, "A work of stark chiaroscuro and incantatory rage" that nods to both the visuals and aspect ratios of Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare adaptations as well as Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" but added that "Coen's tale of sound and fury is entirely his own."

It also marks the first time Joel Coen, who has been married to McDormand since 1984, has directed alone without the involvement of his brother Ethan. 

"The New York Film Festival is a place where I've been watching movies as an audience member and More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021
In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial in New York. New York prison officials have handed over Weinstein for transport to California to face sexual assault charges. The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the transfer happened about 9:25 a.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts. 

Sheriff's deputies brought the 69-year-old convicted rapist into court in a wheelchair. He was wearing a brown jail jumpsuit and face mask. Attorney Mark Werksman entered the plea for the disgraced movie mogul a day after Weinstein was extradited to California from New York, where he was serving a 23-year prison term.

Weinstein spoke only to say "thank you" to Judge Sergio Tapia, who wished him good luck as the hearing ended. 

He now awaits a second trial on a second coast, and the possibility of another lengthy sentence. 

Weinstein's indictment involves five women in incidents spanning from 2004 to 2013. Most are said to have taken place in the hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles that the New York-based Weinstein would make his headquarters for Hollywood business. Some took place during More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021
A scene from "The Wizard of Oz" (courtesy of the Academy Museum)

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures unveiled its schedule of inaugural in-person screenings and public programs, which will begin on September 30 when the museum opens. The Academy Museum is the largest institution in the U.S. devoted to exploring the art and science of movies and moviemaking.

During the first three months of the Academy Museum’s opening, the museum will offer the public a slate of over 115 film screenings, discussions, and programs for film lovers of all ages, beginning with two special presentations of The Wizard of Oz (USA, 1939) featuring live musical accompaniment by the American Youth Symphony conducted by Academy Award®-nominated composer David Newman.

Other highlights of the museum’s first few months of in-person programming include the launch of ongoing series:

  • Stories of Cinema: featuring screenings of films highlighted in the museum’s core exhibition, including Real Women Have Curves More
  • Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021
A scene from a 2019 Creative Arts Emmy award ceremony

The Television Academy has announced that the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys® will be live ceremonies presented on the weekend of Sept. 11 and 12 at the Microsoft Theater campus at L.A. LIVE.

Creative Arts Emmys will be awarded to limited live audiences of nominees and guests in multiple shows over two consecutive days to honor and celebrate the talented artists and craftspeople in categories across all genres including reality, variety, documentary, animation, comedy, drama, limited series and movies. Categories for each of the shows will be announced at a later date.

An edited presentation of the 2021 Creative Arts Awards will be broadcast on Saturday, Sept. 18, (8:00 PM ET/PT) on FXX.

Due to ongoing concerns and public health mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Television Academy will forgo its annual Governors Ball events that have traditionally followed both the Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys. Instead, the Academy will host More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 21, 2021
An image from the Fund Femme website

Global marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson has created Fund Femme, a global database of women and non-binary owned businesses launched to help tackle the gender inequality in the economy.

Despite making up 50% of the population and having 80% of spending power, women represent only 33% of business owners. COVID-19 has dealt a massive blow to femme owned business with women-founded start-ups receiving 27% less funding. Similarly, women were a third more likely to work, or own a company, in a sector that was shut due to COVID-19 regulations last year. With the investment gap widening, small to medium owned femme businesses have become even more vulnerable.

Fund Femme is designed to tip the scales and put balance back into the economy. The global platform allows consumers to discover, and shop from, women and non-binary business owners across beauty, fashion, food, homeware, technology, health and wellness, travel, fitness, More

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