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  • Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020
In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Actor Wilford Brimley attends the premiere of 'Did You Hear About The Morgans' at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of film such as “Cocoon” and “The Natural,” has died. He was 85. Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning, Aug. 1, 2020 in a Utah hospital. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Wilford Brimley, who worked his way up from stunt performer to star of films such as "Cocoon" and "The Natural," has died. He was 85.

Brimley's manager Lynda Bensky said the actor died Saturday morning in a Utah hospital. He was on dialysis and had several medical ailments, she said.

The mustached Brimley was a familiar face for a number of roles, often playing gruff characters like his grizzled baseball manager in "The Natural."

Brimley's best-known work was in "Cocoon," in which he was part of a group of seniors who discover an alien pod that rejuvenates them. The 1985 Ron Howard film won two Oscars, including a supporting actor honor for Don Ameche.

Brimley also starred in "Cocoon: The Return," a 1988 sequel. 

For years he was pitchman for Quaker Oats and in recent years appeared in a series of diabetes spots that turned him at one point into a social media sensation.

"Wilford Brimley was a man you could More

  • Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres attends the premiere of Netflix's "Green Eggs and Ham," on Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace. (Photo by Mark Von Holden /Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace.

"On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect," DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, "and for that, I am sorry."

In a separate statement, the Warner Bros. studio said the investigation's "primary findings" revealed what it called some flaws in the show's daily management.

DeGeneres' memo and the probe by the studio's parent company followed a BuzzFeed News report  in which one current and 10 former show employees complained about issues including being fired after taking medical or bereavement leave. One worker said she left because of comments about her race. 

Most of the complaints were tied to More

  • Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020
Lady Gaga arrives at the Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2018, left, and Ariana Grande arrives at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande both scored nine VMA nominations each, including video of the year for their No. 1 dance hit. “Rain on Me” is also competing for song of the year, best collaboration, best pop, best cinematography, best visual effects and best choreography. The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will air live on Aug. 30 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.(Photos by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

It's raining nominations for Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain on Me" at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, which will present new categories focused on live performances and music videos created at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gaga and Grande both scored nine nominations each, including video of the year for their No. 1 dance hit. "Rain on Me" is also competing for song of the year, best collaboration, best pop, best cinematography, best visual effects and best choreography.

Billie Eilish and The Weekend, the second-most nominated acts with six, are also up for video of the year with "everything i wanted" and "Blinding Lights." Others nominated for the top prize include Taylor Swift's "The Man," Future and Drake's "Life Is Good" and Eminem's "Godzilla," which features late rapper Juice WRLD. 

The VMAs, to air live on Aug. 30 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, introduces two new categories reflecting the current pandemic More

  • Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020
Spike Lee
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Spike Lee, winner of an honorary Oscar in 2016 and three years later a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for BlacKkKlansman, will receive the esteemed Trailblazer Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First.” The 2020 Awards, hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, will honor the spectrum of Lee’s extraordinary award-winning work over the past three decades on Saturday, October 24 at 2:00 PM PST during a virtual ceremony. 
 
Awards co-chair and former LMGI president Lori Balton commented, “We are especially grateful that Mr. Lee has brought so much diverse talent into the industry. Actors like Samuel Jackson, Rosie Perez and Giancarlo Esposito, but also so many of us working behind the scenes--Wynn Thomas, Ruth Carter, Ernest Dickerson and Brent Owens to name a few.  He is a Trailblazer on a number of levels.”
 
Lee is an award-winning More

  • Thursday, Jul. 30, 2020
Glenda Jackson arrives at the 72nd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 10, 2018. Jackson will star in "Elizabeth is Missing", a BAFTA-nominated mystery, kicking off the 50th Anniversary of the MASTERPIECE series, premiering on Sunday, January 3, 2021 on PBS. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Acclaimed actor Glenda Jackson will launch the 50th season of PBS' "Masterpiece" drama showcase next year. 

The film "Elizabeth is Missing," with Jackson as a woman in search of a vanished friend even as she copes with dementia, will air Jan. 3. It's based on the Emma Healey novel of the same name.

Jackson, 84, is a two-time Oscar winner, for "Women in Love" and "A Touch of Class."

"Masterpiece," from WGBH Boston and among TV's longest-running weekly primetime series, has been home to award-winning shows including "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock."

The anniversary season also will include "All Creatures Great and Small," a new seven-part series based on James Herriot's books about his adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s England. 

The series is set for a January debut. A 1970s adaptation of Herriot's work was a public TV hit. 

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  • Wednesday, Jul. 29, 2020
David Sable
NEW YORK -- 

New York Festivals®  Bowery Awards, a new competition celebrating independent creatives in the commercial landscape, has set its 2020 Executive Jury. David Sable, sr. advisor, WPP and former global CEO of Y&R, has been named president of the jury.

“I’m excited to be involved with the Bowery Awards, a competition that will celebrate the diverse group of creatives who work behind the scenes in the industry as freelancers. Their recognition is long overdue,” said Sable. “Independent freelancers work within a variety of disciplines and contribute innovation and creativity, often on high priority project-based work; the Bowery Awards provides an opportunity for their talent to be applauded center stage.”

2020’s Bowery Awards entries will be judged by two award-winning multi-disciplinary juries, the Grand Jury  and the Executive Jury. The Grand Jury will review the entries to determine what will become Finalists. The Executive Jury will More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2020
Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary series "Country Music," speaks in a panel discussion during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on July 29, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Burns says he has eight new projects in the works, including deep-dive looks at Benjamin Franklin, Muhammad Ali, Leonard da Vinci and Ernest Hemingway. PBS announced a new online home for all the work of Burns and other documentarians, a subscription streaming service that will start next month. Besides Burns' library, the service will also have work from "NOVA" and "Frontline. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

What do Ernest Hemingway, Muhammad Ali, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

All are getting the Ken Burns treatment in the next few years. The PBS documentarian said Tuesday that he has eight projects in the works, half of them in-depth looks at the four personalities. The da Vinci project is the first one Burns has done on a non-American subject, he said.

The next great conflict that the maker of "The Civil War" is turning to is the American Revolutionary War, a project he hopes to have ready in 2025.

He's also doing documentaries on the United States' actions during the Holocaust, the comeback of the buffalo and the history of President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society.

PBS announced an online home for Burns' work and many of its documentary projects. On Aug. 4, the service will launch the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, available by subscription for $3.99 a month. Past programming on from the "NOVA More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 28, 2020
Shakira, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Feb. 2, 2020. Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping Super Bowl halftime performance is nominated for four Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez and Shakira's show-stopping halftime show performance also earned multiple nominations.

"Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show Starring Jennifer Lopez And Shakira" picked up four nominations, including outstanding variety special (live). It was not clear if Lopez and Shakira were specifically nominated, though past halftime singers, including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars, have earned Emmy nominations as performers. The halftime show also picked up nods for its direction, lighting design and musical direction.

Williams, who has 13 Grammys, is a two-time Oscar nominee and has also competed for a Golden Globe and Daytime Emmy, is nominated for outstanding original music and lyrics for "Letter to My Godfather" from "The Black Godfather," the Netflix documentary More

  • Monday, Jul. 27, 2020
In this Feb. 8, 2020, file photo, Octavia Spencer arrives at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. The Oscar-winning actress said Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities. She is part of a video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
BOSTON (AP) -- 

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer says Hollywood needs to do better casting people with disabilities.

The star of "The Help" and "Hidden Figures" is part of a new video campaign timed with the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month.

"Casting able-bodied actors in roles for characters with disabilities is offensive, unjust, and deprives an entire community of people from opportunities," she says in the nearly three-minute clip.

Spencer argues that the industry needs to recognize that "nothing can replace lived experience and authentic representation." She also notes how the entertainment industry has been notoriously slow at embracing diversity.

"It's only been a few decades since white actors would portray Black, Asian and even Native American characters on screen," Spencer says. "There is no reason that we should continue to repeat the same mistakes of the past. Together, we should and can do More

  • Monday, Jul. 27, 2020
Chris Cray wrote and directed this animated comedy sketch titled “Hampton Court,” based on a strip from his weekly webcomic “Uneasy Going.”
LONDON -- 

Director Chris Cray, creator of the webcomic “Uneasy Going,” has launched Somesense, a London-based animation studio for commercial and original content.

The new venture will create character-focused fare, grounded in narrative, with craft and technique at the forefront of production. Artists Pencil Bandit, Akvile Magicdust and Matt Partridge join Cray on the roster and among them have a diverse set of clients to date, including; BBC, Disney, Google, Headspace, Nickelodeon, E4, Vice, Vanity Fair, Facebook and Cartoon Network. The four bring their unique, idiosyncratic styles to the Somesense multiverse as animators, directors, illustrators and writers who collectively specialize in webcomics, character design and short form content.

Cray stated, “We believe that there’s nothing that can’t be expressed through animation, and we’re all putting that idea to the test, adding to our animated universe every day. Animation is personal for us and More

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