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  • Monday, Aug. 10, 2020
Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler, talks to the media after posting bail at a Regional Trial Court following an overnight arrest by National Bureau of Investigation agents on a libel case in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 14, 2019. A new documentary tracks Ressa’s dual life in recent years. She’s seen smiling while accepting international honors and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for her news site’s reporting on the drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Maria Ressa says she didn't take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte seriously when he declared four years ago that "corrupt" journalists weren't "exempted from assassination."

"In 2016, it was really, really laughable. And I thought, 'Oh, doesn't matter.' I laughed," said the country's most well-known journalist and leader of the independent Rappler news organization.

Grim reality set in as Ressa was arrested and thrown in jail, targeted in a series of criminal cases and convicted this summer on libel and tax evasion charges seen widely as attacks on press freedom. She now faces six years in prison.

"A Thousand Cuts," a new documentary from Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, tracks Ressa's dual life in recent years. She's seen smiling while accepting international media awards and praise from the likes of George Clooney, then grimly facing down online harassment, legal action and real world threats for Rappler's reporting More

  • Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020
This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo shows the main entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

The BBC apologized Sunday for broadcasting a racist slur in a news report, saying it was a mistake that has caused many people distress.

The BBC included the word when reporting last month on a violent attack on a young Black man in Bristol, a city in southwest England. The attackers are reported to have yelled the offensive term as they ran into the 21-year-old with a car.

The victim needed hospital treatment for a broken leg and other injuries.

The broadcaster has received more than 18,000 complaints about the use of the offensive word. On Saturday, comedian and broadcaster Sideman quit music station BBC 1Xtra over the use of the word and the corporation's failure to apologize.

The BBC had previously defended the decision to use the word, saying it wanted to convey the racist nature of the attack. It had warned viewers that upsetting language would be used.

Director-general Tony Hall said in a memo to staff that the More

  • Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
In this image released by HBO, Mayor Michael Tubbs, center, with students Isaiah Evans, left, and Joy Almendarez in Stockton, Calif., in a scene from the documentary "Stockton On My Mind." The film dives into the dreams of an unlikely mayor, who became the community’s youngest and first Black mayor in 2016, and who defied odds to lead his impoverished, Central California city. (HBO via AP)

Walk into the Stockton, Calfornia, city offices and you might hear Drake's "God's Plan" coming from the mayor's office. There, Mayor Michael Tubbs could be bobbing his head to the lyrics, "I can't do this one my own, ayy, no, ayy." Outside those walls sits one of the poorest, least literate communities in the nation.

And yet there's nowhere else this 30-year-old Stanford University graduate would rather find himself, even amid the hate and ridicule critics throw at him.

"Stockton on My Mind," a new HBO documentary available to stream for free beginning Friday, dives into the dreams of this unlikely mayor who defied odds in 2016 to lead his impoverished city. The son of a single mother and a father serving time in prison, Tubbs defeated Republican incumbent Anthony Silva to become the community's youngest and first Black mayor. That same night Donald Trump shocked the nation and won the presidency.

Tubbs immediately shot to national More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Lorenzo Soria speaks at the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Dec. 9, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Lorenzo Soria, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and former editor of the Italian news weekly L'Espresso, died Friday, the association said. He was 68.

Soria died peacefully at his Los Angeles home, the association said in a statement, lauding his "generosity, passion" and sense of humor.

"He was deeply committed to the movie industry's power to heal the world and shine a spotlight on injustice," said the group that awards the annual Golden Globes for excellence in TV and movies.

The Argentinian-born Soria grew up and worked in Italy for L'Espresso before becoming a Los Angeles resident in 1982. Continuing to write for the weekly and for the daily La Stampa, he covered a wide variety of topics including politics and technology.

But his real love was interviewing "Hollywood talent and reporting about trends and changes in the film and television industry," the organization said.

A member of the More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
Nathan Young

Nathan Young, group strategy director at Periscope, has stepped down from the presidency of 600 & Rising, the organization he co-founded in order to give a strong voice to Black advertising professionals, advocating for their hiring and advancement. 

Young resigned during a special meeting of the 600 & Rising board of directors and officers on Thursday (8/6). The move came after “careful consideration and deliberation with the board members,” according to an industry letter sent out by 600 & Rising. There had been some controversy over Young questioning the efforts of the longstanding ADCOLOR Awards Fest, which reportedly wasn’t well received among factions within and outside 600 & Rising.

This in turn has caused 600 & Rising to reassess its approach while remaining steadfast in its mission of dismantling systemic racism in the advertising and public relations industries. Board members and officers thus are dissolving More

  • Friday, Aug. 7, 2020
This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The filmmakers behind the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” have had to regroup twice ahead of its Sunday premiere. First was after Epstein died by suicide in his prison cell last August after his arrest on sex trafficking charges. And again one month ago when Ghilaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier. The producers added more of Maxwell's story and changed the final episode to focus on her alleged grooming of potential victims. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The filmmakers behind "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein" moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier's sexual abuse.

The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a round-table with survivors, was redone to focus on Maxwell's alleged crimes and her grooming of potential victims. 

Filmmakers also incorporated more of Maxwell's story into the series overall and conducted additional interviews. The four-part series will be delivered at Lifetime just days before its Sunday premiere.

"If your timing can be great, our timing was great," said executive producer Robert Friedman.

This wasn't the first time the filmmakers had to regroup. Production was underway when the 66-year-old Epstein killed himself in his New York City prison cell last August after his arrest on sex trafficking charges. He had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing More

  • Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020
Lizzo wins the award for entertainer of the year at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- 

Amazon Studios has signed a new first look deal with Grammy Award-winning artist Lizzo. The music superstar will work with Amazon Studios to create television projects that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

“Lizzo is one of the most exciting, creative, joyful artists in the industry, and it is such a pleasure to announce this new deal with her,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “She has such a unique perspective and we’re so excited to hear her ideas for new content that our Prime Video customers are sure to love.”

Lizzo stated, “Thank you to Jen Salke and the rest of the team for making this dream come true. I can’t wait to get started and share my vision with the world.”

Three-time Grammy Award-winner Lizzo has become a household name with over 4 billion global streams and a platinum-selling debut album to date. With the help of anthemic smash hits like the 5- More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
This combination of images shows actors Sarah Paulson (l) and Issa Rae. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

For Bette Midler and Sarah Paulson, making HBO's "Coastal Elites" in pandemic-forced isolation proved an unsettling challenge.

"It was just bizarre, completely bizarre, because it leads you ... down all these rabbit holes of 'What's next? I mean, what else could happen to me?'" Midler said during an online news conference Wednesday about the social satire. It debuts Sept. 12. 

For Midler, the unusual working conditions reinforced how hard the pandemic has slammed the entertainment industry. Most TV and film production came to a standstill in March and is trying to recover, including with socially distanced approaches to taping.

"People used to say that showbiz was depression-proof," Midler said, with moviegoers keeping it afloat during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Turns out it's not, she said, and "now we discovered that we're all out of work!"

"Coastal Elites," a series of monologues written by Paul Rudnick ("Sister More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
Dee Bryant (l) and Olivia Summers
LOS ANGELES -- 

Billed as being the first-ever all female stunt driving team, AWD (The Association of Women Drivers), has launched in Los Angeles with a trio of seasoned female stunt drivers sharing over 15 years of professional stunt driving experience in 500+ commercials and more than 300 films and TV shows. The collective is made up of Olivia Summers, Dee Bryant and Angela Meryl, and offers a diverse range of expertise across all styles and types of driving as well as stunt coordination, working on projects for such top clients as Lexus, Volkswagen, Toyota, BMW, Nike, Pepsi, Jeep, Sony, Adidas, Ford and assorted others. All together, Summers, Bryant and Meryl have doubled for top celebrity talent including Beyonce, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Vivica A. Fox, Kristin Wiig, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Sarah Paulson, among numerous others.

In addition to offering their expert stunt driving talents to commercial and entertainment clients, AWD will provide More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020
Ngardy Conteh George (foregound) and Alison Duke
TORONTO -- 

The OYA Media Group, headed by Alison Duke and Ngardy Conteh George, has reaffirmed its commitment to the ongoing support, education and promotion of young Black filmmakers.  The OYA Emerging Filmmakers Program (formally known as Black Youth! Pathway to Industry) is a three-year initiative that provides 20 post-secondary graduated Black youth per year with networking, mentoring, essential skills training alongside industry pros and creative partnerships with TIFF Education, Regent Parks Film Festival Live it to Learn it, NABET 700, VTape, Charles Street Video, LIFT and Trinity Square Video. OYA makes a point of employing emerging Black youth in their original productions such as Mr. Jane and Finch and encourages producers to hire Black youth in projects they direct such as Cool Black North. This year Canadian Screen Award Winning Director Alicia K. Harris will be the Program’s Filmmaker in Residence. Harris will be working with year 3 More

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