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  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Anne Hathaway, center, and Stanley Tucci in a scene from “Roald Dahl’s The Witches," making its U.S. premiere on HBO Max on October 22. (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

The Robert Zemeckis adaptation of "Roald Dahl's The Witches" has found a new home on HBO Max this month just in time for Halloween. 

Warner Bros. said Friday that "The Witches" will debut on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent company WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22. 

The dark fantasy starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth was originally intended as a theatrical release, but like many others was unset due to the effects of COVID-19 on movie theaters. 

Dahl's 1983 novel about an orphaned boy who discovers a coven of witches that hate children was previously adapted for the big screen in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. It starred Angelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson and was a box office flop, despite its critical acclaim. 

This new version has actor Jahzir Bruno playing the boy who must try to stop the witches from turning the world's children into mice. Chris Rock More

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
Kate Stanners
LONDON -- 

D&AD announced that the 58th D&AD Annual will be published exclusively in a digital format, in a move to make the Annual a widely accessible source of inspiration, education and celebration following a year of unprecedented challenge for the creative industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. The digital Annual will continue to showcase the best creative work from across the design and advertising industry, and heralds a more accessible and sustainable future for D&AD. 

Since 1962, the D&AD Annual has brought together the most outstanding creative work and served as a bible of inspiring projects from the global design and advertising industry. This year, D&AD president Kate Stanners has collaborated with Studio Dumbar to create a digital Annual that continues the publication’s legacy of inspiring both established and emerging creatives. As a charitable organization, D&AD’s primary mission is to channel their resources More

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google said Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, it will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their news content. The internet search giant said it has signed agreements for its news partnership program with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their news content. 

The internet search giant said said Thursday that it has signed agreements for its news partnership program with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. 

"This financial commitment - our biggest to date - will pay publishers to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience," CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. 

On Thursday, Google's News Showcase is launching in Brazil and Germany, featuring story panels that let publishers package stories with features like timelines. It will appear first on Google News on Android, then Apple iOS, before it is rolled out to Google Discover and Search. 

The funding builds on a news licensing program launched by Google in June,  as it seeks defuse tensions with the beleaguered news industry. News companies want Google More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

American Cinema Editors (ACE) will hold the 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing in film and television, on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Exact plans for the proceedings are not yet solidified and it may be a virtual event in light of the pandemic. The awards ceremony will unveil winners for outstanding editing in 13 categories of film and television including this year’s newest category, Best Edited Animated Series (Non-Theatrical). 

“The burst of incredible animation on the small screen is exciting to watch,” stated ACE executive director Jenni McCormick. “We’re pleased to add a category this year that recognizes the superlative accomplishments of film editors working in this space.” 

A full list of categories for the ACE Eddie Awards follows:
 

  • Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
  • Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)
  • Best Edited Animated Feature Film
  • Best Edited Animated Series More
  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
File picture taken on July 4, 1959 shows Italian actress Sophia Loren, American journalist Elsa Maxwell and festival director Dr. Alfred Bauer, right, talk at the festival in the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin. (Konrad Giehr/dpa via AP, file)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

A study has concluded that the founding director of the Berlin International Film Festival made a "not insignificant" contribution to the German film system under Nazi rule and later covered up his role, festival organizers said Wednesday.

Alfred Bauer led the "Berlinale" from 1951 to 1976, building the festival into a major draw for then-West Berlin. It is now one of the major European film festivals, along with Cannes and Venice.

In January, the festival suspended a prize named for Bauer after German newspaper Die Zeit reported that he was a senior figure in the Nazis' moviemaking bureaucracy. It said it hadn't previously been aware of Bauer having held an important position during the Nazi era and commissioned a study from Germany's Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History.

The study's editor concluded that "Alfred Bauer made a not insignificant contribution to the functioning of the German film system during the Nazi More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, file photo, actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives in character as Borat for the film premiere of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Borat is back. Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed a sequel to his 2006 film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” that Amazon plans to release before the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Borat is back. Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed a sequel to his 2006 film "Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" that Amazon plans to release before the election.

The streaming giant confirmed Tuesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the film. It's reportedly titled: "Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan."

Reports have steadily accumulated about the project throughout the summer as it was filmed in secret during the pandemic. In early July, Rudy Giuliani called the police on Cohen after an interview in which Cohen emerged in character. Giuliani told Page Six: "This guy comes running in wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace."

In June, Cohen appeared at a far-right rally in Olympia, Washington, posing as a sponsor of the event. He led the More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 29, 2020
Barry Jenkins arrives at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2020. The Walt Disney Co. is developing a sequel to the 2019 live-action “The Lion King,” with Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” directing. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Walt Disney Co. will make a sequel to the 2019 live-action "The Lion King," with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning "Moonlight" and the James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk," set to direct.

Disney announced plans Tuesday for a follow-up to last year's poorly reviewed but highly popular photorealistic remake. The new "Lion King" grossed more than $1.6 billion worldwide, so a sequel was perhaps always likely. Less expected was a "Lion King" sequel with Jenkins directing.

"Helping my sister raise two young boys during the '90s, I grew up with these characters," Jenkins said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true." 

Jenkins earlier this year completed shooting on the Amazon limited series "The Underground More

  • Monday, Sep. 28, 2020
In this Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Ava DuVernay arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, in Beverly Hills, Calif. DuVernay will be honored in October 2020 by MacDowell, which is presenting its inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to her media company and arts collective ARRAY. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay will be honored next month by MacDowell, which is presenting its inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award to her media company and arts collective ARRAY.

The award is named for the co-founder of MacDowell, the century-old artist residency in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein and many others have been visiting fellows. DuVernay, known for such acclaimed movies as "Selma" and "13th," founded ARRAY in 2012 as a way of amplifying the work of women and people of color. 

"I am touched that our narrative change collective ARRAY, which is built upon a mission to articulate and amplify stories from the widest range of art makers, is being honored in Ms. MacDowell's name," DuVernay said in a statement Sunday. "I look forward to cultivating a partnership between ARRAY and MacDowell to enable more artists of color, specifically women, to be a part of the residency program in coming years More

  • Sunday, Sep. 27, 2020
Thomas Pollock
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the establishment of the Thomas P. Pollock Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of AFI chair emeritus Thomas Pollock. The fund, established in collaboration with Pollock’s family, is supported by leadership gifts from Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Robert Daly and Carole Bayer Sager, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg, Todd Phillips, Alan and Cindy Horn, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, the Jeffrey and Margo Baker Barbakow Family, Ivan Reitman, Ron Howard, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alan Hergott, Jon and Barbara Avnet, George and Amal Clooney, Universal Pictures and the Pollock Family – Alexandra and Ryan Gagerman, Allegra and Paul Brandano and Luke Pollock.

“Tom championed AFI and the power of great stories – and he believed in the mission of the Conservatory to inspire and educate diverse voices,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Through this More

  • Saturday, Sep. 26, 2020
In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Japan's new prime minister said Saturday that he's determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as "proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic." 

The 2020 Games were postponed as the coronavirus spread worldwide, and there's been widespread doubt about their future. 

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in a prerecorded speech at the U.N. General Assembly that he will "spare no effort in order to welcome you to Games that are safe and secure." 

Surveys have shown that a majority of Japanese companies and the public don't think the Olympics will, or should, happen next year. A poll published in June by Japanese broadcaster NHK said two-thirds of sponsors were undecided about extending for another year.

Keeping domestic sponsors on board is financially critical, and Japanese leaders have been eager to signal the Games' viability next year. 

Recruited by Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc., domestic More

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