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  • Monday, Jul. 14, 2014
This Oct. 28, 2013 file photo shows Twentieth Century Fox Television chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden, left, and Gary Newman at the 23rd Annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Fox says Gary Newman and Dana Walden, the two executives who run the company's television studio, will also be in charge of the Fox broadcast network.

The appointment announced Monday aligning 20th Century Fox Television with the network brings back a structure that Fox had for five years, ending a decade ago. There are usually financial benefits to having a studio make programming for a network under the same ownership.

At the same time, Newman and Walden said the studio will continue making programs for other networks, and the network will remain in business with other studios. The two executives worked at the studio for 15 years.

Walden said there were no plans to hire an entertainment president for the network. Kevin Reilly's recent exit from Fox triggered the changes.

  • Monday, Jul. 14, 2014
This image released by USA Network shows, from left, co-creator/executive producer Tim Kring, with actors Anne Heche, and Jason Isaacs participating in the "Dig" panel of the NBCUniversal Press Tour, July 2014 on Monday, July 14, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/USA Network, Chris Haston)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

"Dig" will arrive this fall on USA as a six-episode thriller set in Jerusalem, starring Jason Isaacs as an FBI agent and Anne Heche as head of the local FBI office.

The pilot episode was filmed on location, an experience that executive producer Tim Kring called "absolutely exhilarating." But recent real-world turmoil has raised serious questions about whether "Dig" filming can return to Jerusalem.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the summer TV critics' meeting, Kring explained: "My last two shows — 'Heroes' and 'Touch' — both relied extraordinarily heavily on creating worlds that weren't really here in Los Angeles, where we shot the shows.

"For 'Heroes,' we shot scenes in Tokyo and Paris and Africa, and we never left a 35-mile radius of our office," Kring said. "We created everything with green screens and set extensions and CG (computer graphics). And so the ability to actually go someplace and More

  • Monday, Jul. 14, 2014
In this Jan. 13, 2013 file photo, actress Anne Hathaway arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The organization that puts on the Golden Globe Awards and the company that produces the telecast have resolved their long-standing court battle over rights to the show.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and dick clark productions announced Monday that the 2010 lawsuit has been settled. The terms were not revealed.

The dispute arose after dick clark productions negotiated a deal to keep the Globes show on NBC through 2018. The production company claimed it has the right to work on the show as long as it airs on NBC, but the association argued that it never agreed to those terms.

The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association says the two organizations will continue to work together. The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards are set to be presented Jan. 11 and broadcast live on NBC.

  • Sunday, Jul. 13, 2014
This March 7, 2013 file photo shows actress Maya Rudolph performing at "The Music of Prince" tribute concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

NBC says it's weighing bringing back Maya Rudolph's variety show.

In May, the actress-comedian starred in "The Maya Rudolph Show," a special that combined comedy and music.

NBC executives told a TV critics' meeting Sunday that they're in discussions with the actress-comedian about what the program would look like if it returned.

Rudolph has a very loyal following from her "Saturday Night Live" days and the network was encouraged by audience response to the special, NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt said.

NBC is searching for a format that would put Rudolph on the air on a regular or occasional basis.

Rudolph, whose film credits include "Bridesmaids," has said she would love to do a weekly series.

  • Saturday, Jul. 12, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Chris Carter is back.

Largely absent from the scene since "The X-Files" series and films he masterminded years ago, Carter is returning with a sci-fi thriller, "The After."

Arriving on the Amazon Prime website in early 2015, "The After" follows a group of strangers thrown together by a mysterious calamity that strikes Los Angeles and brings it to a panic-ridden halt.

During a panel discussion Saturday at the summer TV critics' tour, Carter said he resists the label of "post-apocalyptic" for what has befallen the city: "We are doing a show where something is happening, and we're playing it in real time."

The idea for the series had gestated for more than 20 years, he said, sparked by an incident in the 1980s when a box of nails was dropped on an LA highway.

"It brought the city to a standstill," Carter recalled. Inspired by that, he began plotting his own, much more elaborate "box More

  • Saturday, Jul. 12, 2014
An image from "Corn Island" (from Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary).
PRAGUE (AP) -- 

"Corn Island" by Georgia's director George Ovashvili has won the top prize at the 49th edition of an international film festival in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.

The movie, a coproduction of Georgia, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, is a psychological drama with sparse dialogues about an old farmer and his granddaughter living on a tiny island in a river that forms a natural border between Georgia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia.

The winner was chose from 12 contenders for the Crystal Globe by the festival's grand jury, led by Spanish producer Luis Minarro. Saturday's award also comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

  • Friday, Jul. 11, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court.

The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC over the charges. Amazon said in a letter to the FTC last week that it had already refunded money to parents who complained and was prepared to go to court.

On Thursday Amazon said its statements in the letter still apply and did not comment further.

The dispute is over in-app charges in children's games on Kindle devices, where it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate whether users are spending virtual or real currency to acquire virtual items. When it introduced in-app charges in 2011, a password was not required to make any purchase, from 99 cents to $99. That changed in 2012, when More

  • Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
Scott Roth

Scott Roth, executive director of the Art Directors Guild (ADG/Local 800, IATSE), has been granted a three-year extension to his contract by the Guild’s board of directors, effective January 1, 2015, it was announced by the ADG president, Mimi Gramatky. Roth will have served the ADG for 20 years by 2017. He joined ADG as its executive director in 1997. He also serves on the board of directors of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and on the Western Region Council of the Actors Fund.

Roth previously was associate general counsel of the Directors Guild of America from 1983 to 1988. He also handled business affairs for various film production companies and maintained his own law firm. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Law School. His wife, Grace Reiner, is VP of business affairs at the Disney Channel.

The ADG represents more than 2,000 members who work More

  • Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- 

Beyonce and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network.

The music special will feature the married couple on their "On the Run Tour" performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs, the network announced. It will air in September.

Starring Queen Latifah, "Bessie" is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees ("Pariah"). Currently in production in Atlanta, it co-stars Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt and Mo'Nique. It premieres in 2015.

HBO also said Mike Nichols will direct fellow Oscar winner Meryl Streep in "Master Class." Drawing on the legendary master classes given by opera star Maria Callas, it is based on the Tony award-winning play of the same name by Terrence McNally, who will More

  • Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
This Feb. 7, 2014 file photo shows Robert Redford at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's American Riviera Award ceremony in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Robert Redford will play Dan Rather in a film about the former CBS anchor's disputed report about President George W. Bush's National Guard service.

The film, titled "Truth," will be adapted from the memoir "Truth And Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power" by former CBS producer Mary Mapes, said the production company, Mythology Entertainment. Cate Blanchett is signed on to play Mapes.

The movie will chronicle the scandal that erupted after Rather's 2004 report for "60 Minutes II," produced by Mapes. The story cited documents as proof of preferential treatment for Bush during the Vietnam War that were not authenticated by CBS. Mapes was fired, and Rather departed the "CBS Evening News" months later.

Rather, who has maintained the story was accurate, later filed a $70 million lawsuit against CBS and its parent company, Viacom, claiming he was made a scapegoat. The suit was More

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