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  • Thursday, Jul. 29, 2021
In this Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1982 file photo, Ron Popeil, the man behind those late-night, rapid-fire television commercials that sell everything from the Mr. Microphone to the Pocket Fisherman to the classic Veg-a-Matic, sits surrounded by his wares in his office in Beverly Hills, Calif. Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Chop-O-Matic, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, died Wednesday, July 28, 2021 his family said. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ron Popeil, the quintessential TV pitchman and inventor known to generations of viewers for hawking products including the Veg-O-Matic, the Pocket Fisherman, Mr. Microphone and the Showtime Rotisserie and BBQ, has died, his family said.

Popeil died "suddenly and peacefully" Wednesday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his family said in a statement. He was 86. No cause of death was given.

Popeil essentially invented the popular image of the American television pitchman, whose novel products solved frustrating problems viewers didn't know they had. He popularized much of the vernacular of late-night TV ads and infomercials, with lines like "Now how much would you pay?" and "Set it and forget it." 

Popeil, whose father was also an inventor-salesman, built his ability to sell things as a young man in the open-air markets of Chicago, where he moved as a teen in the 1940s after spending his earliest years in New York and More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021
In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Bob Odenkirk speaks at the AMC's "Better Call Saul" panel during the AMC Networks TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk had a "heart related incident" when he collapsed on the show's New Mexico set, and his condition is stable as he recovers at a hospital, his representatives said Wednesday. 

"We can confirm Bob is in stable condition after experiencing a heart related incident," the statement said. "He and his family would like to express gratitude for the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, as well as his cast, crew and producers who have stayed by his side. The Odenkirks would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of well wishes and ask for their privacy at this time as Bob works on his recovery."

Odenkirk collapsed Tuesday on the Albuquerque set where the "Breaking Bad" spin-off is shooting its sixth and final season. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a local hospital.

Shortly before the statement was released, Odenkirk's son Nate, the elder of his two More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021
In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook doubled its profit in the second quarter thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue, especially the price of ads it delivers to its nearly 3 billion users. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Facebook doubled its profit in the second quarter thanks to a massive increase in advertising revenue, especially the average price of the ads it delivers to its nearly 3 billion users. But the company said it doesn't expect revenue to continue to grow at such a breakneck pace in the second half of the year.

Separately, Facebook said on Wednesday that it will make vaccines mandatory for employees in the U.S. who work in offices. Exceptions will be made for medical and other reasons. Google announced a similar policy earlier in the day.

The Menlo Park, California-based company earned $10.39 billion, or $3.61 per share, in the April-June period. That's up from $5.18 billion, or $1.80 per share, a year earlier. 

Revenue jumped 56% to $28.58 billion from $18.32 billion. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $3.04 per share and revenue of $24.85 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

Advertising revenue growth was More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2021
In this Jan. 16, 2020, file photo, Bob Odenkirk speaks at the AMC's "Better Call Saul" panel during the AMC Networks TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set Tuesday, July 27, 2021, and had to be hospitalized. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show's New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalized. 

Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night, a person close to Odenkirk who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told The Associated Press.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse, or how long Odenkirk might be hospitalized. 

"Better Call Saul," the spin-off prequel to "Breaking Bad," has been shooting its sixth and final season, which is set to air on AMC next year. 

Like "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" is set in and mostly shot in Albuquerque. 

An email sent to a representative of AMC seeking more information or comment was not immediately returned. 

Odenkirk has been nominated for four Emmys for playing the title character, a down-on-his-luck lawyer named Jimmy McGill who becomes increasingly More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021
ACE president Kevin Tent, ACE
LOS ANGELES -- 

American Cinema Editors (ACE) has announced that the 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing in film and television, will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The event will be held at the brand-new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. ACE is planning an in-person, black-tie affair adhering to all COVID safety protocols.  The 71st Annual ACE Eddie Awards took place in a virtual ceremony due to the pandemic.  

“We are so pleased to bring our ceremony to the newly minted Academy Museum and celebrate the incredible achievements in film and TV editing of the year in a one-of-a-kind environment that celebrates the history of cinema,” stated ACE president Kevin Tent, ACE.  “We are looking forward to celebrating in person but will, of course, continue to watch the COVID situation very closely and adjust as needed.” 
 
The awards ceremony will unveil winners for outstanding editing in 14 categories of film More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021
Britney Spears' newly appointed lawyer Mathew Rosengart is interviewed outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse following a hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Los Angeles. Spears was granted permission by a judge to hire a lawyer of her own choice. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Britney Spears' new attorney petitioned Monday to oust her father from the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money for 13 years and replace him with a professional accountant.

Matthew Rosengart said in documents filed in Los Angeles Superior court that the current legal arrangement "has grown increasingly toxic and is simply no longer tenable."

He proposed that James Spears be replaced with CPA Jason Rubin as conservator of the pop star's estate, which documents say equates to $2.7 million in cash and more than $57 million in assets. 

Rosengart said in the filing that before he sought to end the conservatorship, he was first addressing "the most pressing issue facing Ms. Spears: removing Mr. Spears as conservator of the estate."

"Any father who genuinely loves his daughter and has her best interests at heart should willingly step aside in favor of the highly respected professional fiduciary nominated here," More

  • 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)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

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.
 

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  • 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)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

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
NEW YORK -- 

“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

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