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  • Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020
In this March 2, 2017 file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Tucker Carlson drew the television equivalent of a royal flush on the week before Labor Day.

The controversial Fox News Channel personality had all five of his weeknight programs land in the Nielsen company's 20 most popular programs last week. Four of them were in the Top 10.

Fox's Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, as well as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, all had programs in the Top 20 last week, a reflection of interest in the presidential campaign as well as the relative paucity of entertainment options on broadcast television.

None of the broadcast networks topped an average of three million viewers in primetime last week.

NBC, with 2.82 million, narrowly edged ABC's 2.81 million viewers. CBS had 2.6 million, Univision had 1.3 million, ION Television had 1.2 million, Fox had 1.17 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

Fox News Channel led the way among cable networks, averaging 3.43 million viewers in primetime last week. More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020
This image released by AMC shows Norman Reedus, left, and Samantha Morton in a scene from "The Walking Dead." The AMC channel says its series will wrap with an 11th season spanning 24 episodes and two years. When “The Walking Dead” is laid to rest in late 2022. (Jace Downs/AMC via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The end is coming for "The Walking Dead," but not until 2022.

The AMC series that became a franchise with current and planned spin-offs will wrap with an 11th season spanning 24 episodes and two years, the channel said Wednesday.

The series has yet to air six episodes that are part of an expanded 10th season. Those are set for early next year.

When "The Walking Dead" is laid to rest in late 2022, a new spin-off centered on characters Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier (Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride) will follow in 2023, AMC said.

An anthology series, "Tales of the Walking Dead," focusing on new and existing characters, is in development along with other projects "grounded in 'The Walking Dead' universe," the channel said.

Closer at hand are "Fear the Walking Dead," which begins its sixth season Oct. 11, and newcomer "The Walking Dead: World Beyond," which debuts Oct. 4 and follows the first generation to grow up during More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020
Director Majid Majidi poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Khorshid" ("Sun Children") during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
VENICE, Italy (AP) -- 

Restricted travel, quarantine and positive COVID-19 tests meant that Majid Majidi's appearance at the Venice Film Festival for Iranian drama "Sun Children" (Khorshid) was an achievement in itself.

The film follows the story of Ali and his three friends on the streets of Tehran, as they try to find hidden treasure, digging a tunnel underneath a local charity school for street kids and child laborers. 

"It was difficult to come here," the director told Associated Press on Monday. "This was a whole new experience, like a new life." 

For 14-year-old lead Rouhollah Zamanisaghselou, in his first ever acting role, the coronavirus put a stop to his moment in the spotlight, after he tested positive and was unable to travel to Italy as planned.

"I told him when he was working hard digging in that tunnel that this film will become famous in the world and you will forget the pains. Then (when he tested positive for the virus) he told me More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020
This image released by Netflix shows Tristan Harris in a scene from "The Social Dilemma." (Netflix via AP)
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) -- 

A new Netflix documentary is setting out to expose technology's corrosive effects on society during a pandemic that's left people more dependent than ever on tools that keep them connected with friends, family and colleagues they can no longer meet in person. 

So the timing for Wednesday's release of "The Social Dilemma" might strike some viewers as odd. But its makers aim to give you a better sense of why the pandemic isn't the only reason it feels like we're stuck in a dystopian nightmare.

The film, directed by Jeff Orlowski, aims to explain how Silicon Valley's embrace of smartphones, attention-grabbing algorithms, polarizing echo chambers and pursuit of profit have left users reeling in a way that could pose an existential threat to U.S. democracy.

"It is a self-destructive code that has been planted in our society right now," Orlowski said in an interview with The Associated Press.

The notion of modern social media as a More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 9, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. “I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21, 2020, start of its 18th season. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace.

"I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we're gonna talk about it," DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season.

Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic.

The first month's list of high-profile guests reads like a a rebuttal to questions about how DeGeneres and her show are perceived in the industry amid the controversy that cut against the host's kindly image.

Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen are set for the first week, with Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom appearing later in September, the show said.

Stephen More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2020
Chadwick Boseman, left, and Lupita Nyong'o arrive at the premiere of their film "Black Panther" on Feb. 8, 2018, in London. Nyong'o has written a long and stirring tribute to Boseman, her late cast mate, calling him a man whose power will "reverberate for generations" in a message posted to her social media accounts 11 days after Boseman's death from colon cancer at age 43. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Lupita Nyong'o has written a stirring tribute to her late "Black Panther" co-star Chadwick Boseman, calling him a man whose power will "reverberate for generations." 

"I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope," the actress writes in the message posted to her socialmediaaccounts Tuesday, 11 days after Boseman's death from colon cancer at age 43. "The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning." 

Nyong'o, who played Nakia opposite Boseman's T'Challa in the blockbuster 2018 film, says she was struck by his "quiet, powerful presence" and an energy that seemed immortal which manifested itself through his carefully chosen words. 

"He used his mouth to build, to edify, never to break," she writes. "And he used is to tell some regrettably lame dad jokes." 

She says Boseman "cared so much about humanity, about Black people, about his people" and that "his power lives on and will More

  • Monday, Sep. 7, 2020
Episode host Angel Giuffria (left) explores latest developments in E-dermis, which brings a sense of touch to prosthetics, with Dr. Luke Osborn, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. (Photo: SEEDLAND Group)
LOS ANGELES -- 

SEEDLAND Group has teamed with Al Roker Entertainment to complete a series that explores the latest boundary-pushing reaches of scientific exploration. The project is titled Forging the Future. Distribution of the six-episode series will be handled by Sideways Film.
 
Forging the Future explores a variety of cutting-edge topics ranging from the smallest phenomena, like exploring the microbiome (the trillions of microorganisms that live in or on the human body), to those with interplanetary ramifications, like the requirements to sustain human life off-Earth. 
 
This is the first documentary television production released by SEEDLAND Group, a multifaceted enterprise based in China, with roots in real estate development, that has quickly expanded via investments in smart living technologies into a variety of other sectors that enhance human life. 

Forging the Future showcases the stories of top More

  • Monday, Sep. 7, 2020
In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo Czech Oscar-winning film director Jiri Menzel poses for the photographer. in Prague, Czech Republic. Menzel died on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 aged 82. (Michal Dolezal/CTK via AP)
PRAGUE (AP) -- 

Jiri Menzel, a Czech director whose 1966 movie "Closely Watched Trains" won the Academy Award for the best foreign language film has died. He was 82.

Menzel's wife, Olga, announced his death late Sunday, saying he died the previous day. No details were given. Three years ago, Menzel underwent a brain operation and was kept in an artificially induced coma for several weeks after it.

"Dearest Jirka, I thank you for each and every day I could spend with you. Each was extraordinary," his wife said on Facebook.

Menzel made some 20 movies and was one of the leading filmmakers of the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema that appeared in the 1960s. His movies represented a radical departure from socialist realism, a typical communist-era genre focusing on realistically depicting the struggles of the working class.

Unlike colleagues such as Milos Forman, Jan Nemec and Ivan Passer, Menzel didn't emigrate after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion More

  • Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

A person working on "The Batman" production has tested positive for COVID-19 and the U.K shoot has been temporarily suspended. 

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday that the individual is currently isolating in accordance with established protocols. 

Robert Pattinson is starring as the caped crusader in the new film from director Matt Reeves which had resumed filming a few days ago after an almost six-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the first major productions to resume in the U.K. with enhanced safety and distancing measures in place. 

Hollywood has been slowly and cautiously getting back to work around the world in the COVID-era. "Jurassic World: Dominion" is another major Hollywood production that started up again recently in the U.K., at Pinewood Studios outside of London. And other blockbusters have been filming around the world including Disney's "Avatar" in New Zealand. Each country More

  • Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020
This March 29, 2018 file photo, shows the logo for social media giant Facebook at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. With just two months left until the U.S. presidential election, Facebook says it is taking additional steps to encourage voting, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest.” The company said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Bracing for a contentious election with no immediate results and possible "civil unrest," Facebook is enacting a host of measures to ensure its platform is not used to sow chaos and spread misinformation before, during and after the U.S. presidential election.

But it's not clear the changes are enough. 

The company said Thursday it will restrict new political ads in the week before the election and remove posts that convey misinformation about COVID-19 and voting. It will also attach links with official results to posts by candidates and campaigns that prematurely declare victory.

"This election is not going to be business as usual. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Thursday. "That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest."

Some activists More

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