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  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
This image released by HBO shows Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, in a scene from the documentary series "AXIOS," returning for a four-episode season on Sunday, Oct. 20 on HBO. (HBO via AP)

HBO has ordered two new seasons of its Sunday night news program modeled after the Axios website, which has produced newsmaking interviews with presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and business leaders Elon Musk and Tim Cook.

The decision, announced on Tuesday, means 12 episodes each year in 2020 and 2021.

"Axios on HBO" wraps up its second season with four new episodes that begin on Oct. 20.

Axios' daily newsletter concentrates on politics, business and technology with an emphasis on brevity, which producers Matthew O'Neill and Perri Peltz use as models for the TV show.

"We are a documentary news series," Peltz said. "It allows us a glimpse into a story or a person that you wouldn't traditionally have on a straight news broadcast."

HBO turned to Axios for a news series after its deal for a daily news show produced by Vice was not renewed.

O'Neill and Peltz both have a background in documentary work with HBO. O More

  • Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Joe Pesci, left, and Al Pacino speak as they attend the world premiere of "The Irishman" at Alice Tully Hall during the opening night of the 57th New York Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Broadway will be turning back the clock next month when it converts one of its august theaters into a movie theater and starts screenings of Martin Scorsese's "The Irishman."

Netflix is going to put up a screen in the Belasco Theatre and show the movie on the Broadway model of eight performances a week — Tuesday through Sunday evenings, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 1-Dec 1.

The Belasco has been empty since the play "Network" ended its run in June. Its next tenant will be "Girl from the North Country" in March. Broadway producers lately have been creative about using the theater spaces when vacant, including programing concerts, magic shows and improv performances.

While unprecedented these days, turning the 1,000-seat Belasco into a movie house is an echo from the past. Almost every Broadway theater that is still standing was converted to showing movies, recording radio broadcasts, or being used as a TV recording More

  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
Tyler Perry, left, greets U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., on the red carpet at the grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Atlanta. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Invision/AP)

Tyler Perry officially christened his massive new film studio Saturday, beaming as his fellow entertainment industry luminaries descended on Atlanta and strode a red carpet to his sprawling complex for an opening gala.

The attendees warmly greeted Perry, a man who had once been homeless and yet now helmed his own studio, one of the nation's largest.

"I think it's pivotal in everything that we've done, everything that we're doing still, that we continue to try to motivate and inspire people," Perry told The Associated Press as he shook hands with well-wishers.

And there were plenty there to congratulate him. Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry and others all helped Perry christen his new facility, a 330-acre (134-hectare) studio that once served as a Confederate army base.

Winfrey praised Perry and told the AP the new studio head is a force to be reckoned with.

"He didn't wait for More

  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Lauren Cohan participates in the "Whiskey Cavalier" panel during the ABC presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour at The Langham Huntington in Pasadena, Calif. Cohan walked away from “The Walking Dead.” Now she’s headed back. At the end of Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 New York Comic Con panel for the apocalyptic AMC zombie series that has spawned its own universe, a masked cast member stood and revealed herself to be Cohan, whose return was subsequently announced. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Lauren Cohan walked away from "The Walking Dead." Now she's headed back.

At the end of Saturday's New York Comic Con panel for the apocalyptic AMC zombie series that has spawned its own universe, a masked cast member stood and revealed herself to be Cohan, whose return was subsequently announced.

AMC also announced an 11th season of the series, whose 10th starts Sunday night.

Cohan, who played Maggie Greene on the show starting in season two, left as a full-time cast member to pursue other projects after the eighth season then made a few guest appearances in the ninth.

The 37-year-old actress has since appeared in the short-lived ABC series "Whiskey Cavalier" and the Mark Wahlberg film "Mile 22."

It's not clear when or how Cohan's character will return.

  • Friday, Oct. 4, 2019
In this Jan. 24, 2011, file photo, Elmo of the film "Being Elmo" poses for a portrait in the Fender Music Lodge during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Sesame Workshop is developing a talk show starring Elmo, called "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo," where he will interview celebrity guests. (AP Photo/Victoria Will, File)

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel... and Elmo?

Sesame Workshop is developing a talk show starring the squeaky-voiced puppet, called "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo," where he will interview celebrity guests. Production begins next month, but it’s not clear when the program will air.

It was announced Thursday as part of a deal between HBO Max and the children's television producer. The centerpiece of the deal is five new seasons of "Sesame Street" that begin next year. The episodes will air first on the pay cable service and then be made available for free through PBS.

Part of the deal is two new animated series.

More "Sesame Street" products will be available on-demand, including classic episodes from the past 50 years.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
Leah Curney

On the strength of her short film script titled 6:18 to Omaha, Brooklyn-based actress, writer and filmmaker Leah Curney has won the first CinemaStreet Pictures Women’s Short Screenplay Competition.

Curney wins a $1,000 option on her script, which will be produced by CinemaStreet Pictures, a certified woman-owned production company owned by Dana Offenbach, who will direct the short.

The writer offered up the following synopsis of the short: Set in the late 50’s, this is the story of Ed Merriweather, a down-on-his-luck traveling salesman who stops at a sleepy, small town diner on his way to catch the last train out of town. Hoping to grab coffee and a second wind, he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for when he encounters a local housewife with a penchant for profanity and skeletons in her closet. Their conversation is overseen by Grace, a young waitress with big dreams and a battered copy of Popular Science. All three have More

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This Oct. 2, 2019 photo released by Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP shows Chase Robinson, a former employee of Robert De Niro’s company, Canal Productions. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Robinson filed a lawsuit against De Niro in Manhattan federal court, seeking $12 million. The lawsuit came six weeks after De Niro’s company sought $6 million from Robinson in state court, accusing her of misappropriating money. (Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. via AP)

Robert De Niro has found himself in a real-life court drama, trading dueling lawsuits with his former assistant after their decade-long working relationship went dreadfully sour.

He's accusing her of misappropriating money. She says he subjected her to sexist and harassing comments.

Chase Robinson sued the 76-year-old De Niro Thursday in Manhattan federal court, seeking $12 million. The lawsuit came six weeks after De Niro’s company, Canal Productions, sought $6 million from Robinson in state court.

Robinson, who’s 37, said she endured years of gender discrimination and harassment as De Niro made sexually charged comments, was verbally abusive and treated her as his “office wife” while she was an executive assistant and eventual Vice President of Production and Finance.

According to the lawsuit, he sometimes directed Robinson to scratch his back, button his shirts, fix his collars, tie his ties and wake him up when he was in More

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This combination photo shows Cynthia Erivo performing at the 73rd annual Tony Awards in New York on June 9, 2019, left, and Aretha Franklin performing at the world premiere of "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall in New York on April 19, 2017. Erivo will play Franklin in a third installment of the National Geographic anthology series "Genius." Production on “Genius: Aretha” will begin next month and the series is expected to debut next spring. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

National Geographic has found its next “Genius.”

The network has tapped Cynthia Erivo to play Aretha Franklin in a third installment of the anthology series.

The authorized project will feature Franklin’s music. Erivo will perform songs from the singer’s catalog. Franklin died in 2018 of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

Erivo won a Tony Award, a Grammy and a Daytime Emmy for her work in “The Color Purple.”

“Genius” dramatizes the story of some of the world’s most legendary innovators. Previous seasons focused on Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, starring Geoffrey Rush and Antonio Banderas.

Production on “Genius: Aretha” will begin next month. The series is expected to debut next spring.

  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
This July 16, 2013, file photo, shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday that member states can force Facebook to remove or block unlawful material worldwide, in a case that raises new questions over the responsibilities of tech giants.

The European Court of Justice ruling is seen as a defeat for Facebook and similar online platforms, as it would increase the onus on them to monitor what appears on the internet.

Internet companies would only be forced to take action worldwide when ordered to do so by a court in EU states - and not by governments, for example. That means any requests would have to go through a longer procedure than a simple complaint to a regulator.

“EU law does not preclude a host provider such as Facebook from being ordered to remove identical and, in certain circumstances, equivalent comments previously declared to be illegal,” the court said. “In addition, EU law does not preclude such an injunction from producing effects worldwide, within More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
Chuck Studios' (l-r) Elyse Sara, Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen

Chuck Studios, a global food-specialist creative production company, has opened a U.S. base in Los Angeles. Heading the L.A. office is partner and managing director of U.S. operations Elyse Sara whose former company Canteen has joined forces with Chuck Studios, which was founded in 2011 by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen and is headquartered in Amsterdam with a third office in Moscow. The food/tabletop shop has a U.S. directorial roster which includes van Gerwen, and the duo Spicy and Kristy Snell. Some of the production company’s most recent work includes multi-platform food campaigns for McDonald’s, KFC and Clif Bar. 

Sara brings 15 years of production industry experience, working with brands such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Heinz and Pepsi. Sara will work alongside the leadership team to change the way food and beverage brands perceive themselves, helping them develop a culinary identity that is exclusive to their brand and product. 


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