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  • Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019
Director of governance and strategic initiatives Andy Pergam talks during a University of Utah speech Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Pergam, a Facebook executive says a new quasi-independent oversight board will soon be weighing decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on the platform in a "very public way." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- 

A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook's platform in a "very public way," an executive for the social-media company said Friday.

The board will consider a small number of cases where all appeals of Facebook decisions have been exhausted, the company's director of governance and strategic initiatives, Andy Pergam, said in speech at the University of Utah.

The board's decisions and the company's responses will be public, he said.

Its rulings will be binding in individual cases, but broader policy findings will be advisory.

"They'll do all this in a very public way. This is the mechanism by which the board will have lasting policy influence over a company like Facebook," he said.

Board members who are experts in a range of disciplines from around the world will be named December and begin hearing cases in early 2020. More

  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
This image released by Netflix shows Meryl Streep, left, and Jeffrey Wright in a scene from “The Laundromat,” in theaters on Sept. 27. (Claudette Barius/Netflix via AP)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- 

Netflix has released a movie based on the so-called Panama Papers despite an attempt by two lawyers to stop the streaming premiere.

"The Laundromat," starring Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Meryl Streep, debuted Friday on Netflix after a limited release in theaters.

Two Panamanian lawyers, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, sued Netflix in federal court in Connecticut this week, saying the movie defamed them and could prejudice criminal cases against them. Netflix asked a judge to dismiss the suit but did not address the allegations.

The Panama Papers were more than 11 million documents leaked from the two lawyers' firm that shed light on how the rich hide their money.

A judge ruled there was no valid reason to file the case in Connecticut and ordered it transferred to the Los Angeles-area federal court district.

  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
This image released by Nickelodeon shows a scene from the animated series “The Casagrandes,” featuring a multigenerational Mexican American family. In this series, Ronnie Anne, her older brother and single mother, leave the suburbs to move in with their large family in the fictional Great Lake City. The apartment is located above The Casagrandes bodega, owned by grandpa, and next to an elevated subway track. (Nickelodeon via AP)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) -- 

Nickelodeon's "The Casagrandes" premiered this week and became one of the first cartoons in U.S. history to feature a multigenerational Mexican American family.

The long awaited spin-off from the network's popular animation series, "The Loud House," comes as more networks take chances on Latino-themed shows.

The series centers around an 11-year-old Mexican American, skateboarding girl trying to survive in the fictional town of Great Lake City. Her apartment is above The Casagrandes bodega, owned by grandpa and in front of a subway track.

Unlike some previous cartoons with Latinos, "The Casagrandes" seeks to tackle family-oriented themes like love, friendship, and jealousy.

Supervising director Miguel Puga says creators wanted to show how normal and relatable Latino families are.

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
This July 29, 2019 file photo shows Ken Burns, director of the PBS documentary series "Country Music," speaking in a panel discussion during the 2019 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Ken Burns is inaugurating an annual prize for makers of historical films with a $200,000 grant to the people behind an upcoming movie about the late Georgia writer Flannery O'Connor.

The movie "Flannery" shows the influence behind the novelist and short story writer's work, as she lived in a rural Southern town and struggled with lupus. The author of "A Good Man is Hard to Find" died in 1964 at age 39.

Burns, the noted documentarian, said he knows from experience the expense involved in getting projects like these done.

The film by Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco "made me go out and buy her books," he said.

Burns' nonprofit Better Angels Society is collaborating with philanthropists Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine and the Library of Congress in funding the award. Judges sifted through some 80 entrants, he said.

"We were stunned not only by the volume of submissions but by the quality of them," he said.

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  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, co-founder of Japan's prestigious Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, stands in front of his office at Studio Ghibli in suburban Tokyo after an interview about his animated film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya." (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
LOS ANGELES -- 

The vast catalog of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service.

Films such as "Princess Mononoke," ''My Neighbor Totoro" and Oscar-winner "Spirited Away" will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches in spring 2020.

The deal — the first time the studio's library will be available on a streaming platform — was announced Thursday for unspecified terms.

Studio Ghibli has a passionate fan base of its richly animated epic films from directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

HBO Max is owned by WarnerMedia, which is assembling streaming content from its networks that include TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. studio.

"Spirited Away," about an abandoned village that's a getaway for spirits and demons, won the best animated Oscar in 2002.

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  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
This March 16, 2019 file photo shows Stephen Colbert at the 36th Annual PaleyFest "An Evening with Stephen Colbert" event in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through at least August 2023. His current pact was set to expire next August. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more years.

CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through at least August 2023. His current pact was set to expire next August.

Terms were not disclosed. But it's a safe bet Colbert is in line for a healthy raise. He took over for David Letterman in 2015 and currently reigns as the most popular host on late-night television. The "Late Show" averages nearly 4 million viewers each night, with a widening lead over the second-place "Tonight" show with Jimmy Fallon.

Colbert quips that he's been asked to stay "and I have every intention of honoring their subpoena."

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
This Feb. 24, 2019 file photo shows Shonda Rhimes at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world. Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia. Rhimes’ company said it signed a three-year podcast deal with iHeartMedia and is launching Shondaland Audio. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Television powerhouse Shonda Rhimes is moving aggressively into the burgeoning podcast world.

Rhimes' company, Shondaland, said Wednesday that she will serve as executive producer for podcasts to be distributed by iHeartMedia.

Shondaland says it signed a three-year podcast deal with iHeartMedia and is launching Shondaland Audio.

In a statement, Rhimes said she welcomed the opportunity to expand Shondaland's storytelling into the growing medium, which she praised for a unique sense of boldness and intimacy.

Shondaland has already ventured into podcasting with the weekly "Katie's Crib," in which actress Katie Lowe discusses motherhood with guests.  New episodes will be distributed by iHeartMedia in 2020.

Rhimes, who became an ABC network mainstay with hits including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," signed an exclusive deal with Netflix in 2017 to produce new programs for the streaming service.

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  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
This Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the Netflix app on an iPhone in New York. Netflix reports financial results Wednesday, Oct. 16. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

NeNetflix's subscriber growth is bogging down even before the leading video streaming service confronts high-powered threats from Apple and Walt Disney Co.

The latest sign of the challenges facing Netflix emerged Wednesday with the release of its third-quarter results. The numbers provided further evidence that Netflix's salad days may be over, particularly in the U.S., where most households that want its 12-year-old streaming service already have it.

Netflix added 6.8 million subscribers worldwide from July through September, below the 7 million customers forecast by the Los Gatos, California, company. Just 520,000 of those subscribers were picked up in the U.S., below the 800,000 that management anticipated. The shortfall came after Netflix lost 123,000 subscribers in the U.S. during the April-June period, marking its first contraction in eight years.

That downturn and the uncertainty about the service's future growth is the main More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
This image released by Netflix shows Meryl Streep, left, and Jeffrey Wright in a scene from “The Laundromat,” in theaters on Sept. 27. (Claudette Barius/Netflix via AP)
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- 

Two lawyers linked to the so-called Panama Papers are asking a federal judge to stop Neflix's upcoming release of "The Laundromat," which they say defames them as lawless attorneys and may affect criminal cases against them.

Panamanian lawyers Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca filed a defamation lawsuit and request for a temporary restraining order Wednesday in federal court in Connecticut.

Netflix is set to release the movie Friday, after it had a limited release in theaters. It stars Gary Oldman as Mossack and Antonio Banderas as Fonseca, as well as Meryl Streep.

Netflix says the case should be dismissed or moved to California.

The Panama Papers were more than 11 million documents leaked from the two lawyers' firm in a data breach that shed light on how the rich hide their money.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019
Denis Olsen, ADG
LOS ANGELES -- 

Denis Olsen, prolific artist on movies, television, theater and commercials, is set to receive the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual “Excellence in Production Design” Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, returning this year to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown in the Wilshire Grand Ballroom. This is the second of four Lifetime Achievement Awards to be announced by the Art Directors Guild.
 
“I am very fortunate to have known and worked with Denis for several decades. He is a wonderfully talented and very interesting man,” said Patrick DeGreves, Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists Council chair.
 
Olsen began his career as an art director at KCOP (Channel 13) in L.A. He worked for various studios and other entertainment companies for more than 40 years including Superior Backings as a scenic and sign painter, The Walt Disney Studios in More

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