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  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
Veronique Vowell
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Veteran location manager Veronique Vowell will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating “2020 Vision: We See It First.” A founding member of the Location Managers Guild, Vowell is best known for her work on Cold Case, Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere, Ray Donovan, The Replacements, Angels in the Outfield and The Distinguished Gentleman. Hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, the Awards will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 2 p.m. PDT presented via a digital ceremony on YouTube.  
 
“I am in awe of Veronique’s passion, perseverance and expertise. As an actor, a producer and as a director on Scandal, I was always inspired by Veronique’s artistry, her talent, her commitment, her work ethic, her kindness and her unwavering ‘can do’ attitude. I am thrilled that she is being honored in this way,” said Kerry Washington.
 
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  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
Iconic Talent Agency and Iconic Editorial founder Devin Mann (center) is flanked by editors Tom Cross (l) and Joe Walker
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- 

Iconic Editorial, a subsidiary of Iconic Talent Agency, has opened its doors with an A-list roster of editors from features and television including Oscar-winner (for Whiplash) Tom Cross, double Oscar-nominee Joe Walker (for 12 Years a Slave and Arrival), and American Cinema Editors Award-winner Jinmo Yang (for Parasite, which also earned him an Oscar nod). Commercial and branded entertainment projects will be the focus for Iconic Editorial.

Cross has just completed editing Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Bond film No Time To Die. Joe Walker is currently in edit on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Others on the Iconic Editorial roster include Tyler Nelson who’s cutting The Batman for director Matt Reeves; Jake Roberts, the editor behind Alex Garland’s sci-fi series Devs; Colby Parker Jr. whose credits include Friday Night Lights, Deepwater Horizon and Antman; John Gilbert who More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020
This image released by Universal Pictures shows a scene from the upcoming "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." Filming on the new “Jurassic World: Dominion” movie has been suspended for two weeks in the U.K. because of COVID-19 cases on set. Director Colin Trevorrow tweeted Wednesday that there were “a few” positive tests for the virus. (Universal Pictures via AP)

Filming on the new "Jurassic World" movie at Pinewood Studios in the U.K. has been suspended for two weeks because of COVID-19 cases on set. Director Colin Trevorrow tweeted Wednesday that there were "a few" positive tests for the virus. 

He added that the individuals tested negative shortly after, but that they would be pausing for two weeks regardless to adhere to safety protocols. 

A spokesperson for Universal Pictures said they were informed of the positive tests last night and that all tested negative this morning. 

"The safety and well-being of our entire cast and crew is paramount," the spokesperson added. "Those who initially tested positive are currently self-isolating, as are those who they have come into contact with."

On Tuesday, Universal said that the release of "Jurassic World: Dominion" was being delayed a year to June 2022. 

The franchise starring Chris Pratt was one of the first major Hollywood More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Timothee Chalamet, left, and Rebecca Ferguson in a scene from "Dune." Warner Bros. said late Monday that its sci-fi pic “Dune” will now open in October 2021, instead of this December. The studio also pushed back it’s “Matrix” sequel by 8 months to late 2021 and “The Batman” to 2022. (Chia Bella James/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

The 2020 theatrical release calendar is getting even slimmer in the wake of the announcement that Regal cinemas are temporarily closing, although AMC, North America's largest theater chain, says it will remain open.

Warner Bros. said late Monday that its sci-fi pic "Dune" will now open in October 2021, instead of this December. The studio also pushed back its "Matrix" sequel by 8 months to late 2021 and "The Batman" to 2022. 

AMC Entertainment reiterated its commitment to stay open and cited a slew of upcoming new releases that it will be playing, including this weekend's new films "The War With Grandpa," with Robert De Niro, and "Yellow Rose." Roughly 80% of its U.S. locations are currently open. 

With the recent exit of the next James Bond film, that leaves a mere handful of big films set to still open in 2020: Pixar's "Soul," on Nov. 20, Universal's "The Croods: A New Age," on Nov. 25, Disney's "Death on the Nile," on Dec. 18 and More

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
This combination of 2018-2020 photos shows, from left, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. They are expected to testify in an Oct. 28, 2020 Senate hearing on tech companies’ control over hate speech and misinformation on their platforms. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, LM Otero, Jens Meyer)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

The CEOs of technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify for an Oct. 28 Senate hearing on tech companies' control over hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

The Senate Commerce Committee voted last week to authorize subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Twitter's Jack Dorsey to force them to testify if they didn't agree to do so voluntarily. Spokespeople for the companies said Monday that the CEOs will cooperate. 

The hearing "must be constructive and focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect elections," Twitter said in a tweet in its policy channel.

The hearing will come less than a week before Election Day. It marks a new bipartisan initiative against Big Tech companies, which have been under increasing scrutiny in Washington and from state attorneys general over issues of competition, consumer privacy and hate More

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
In this July 2, 2008 photo, actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd appears during a portrait session in Atlanta. Police say Byrd, known for his roles in many Spike Lee films and who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2003, was shot dead in Atlanta on Saturday. He was 70. (Marcus Yam/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
ATLANTA (AP) -- 

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, known for his roles in Spike Lee films, has been shot and killed in Atlanta, police said Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 1:45 a.m. Saturday and found the 70-year-old Byrd unresponsive with multiple gunshot wounds in his back, police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant said in a statement. 

Responding paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene on the city's southwest side, where he lived. 

Grant said homicide detectives were working to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting and declined to provide further details. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Lee said he was sad to announce Byrd's death and recalled how the actor "did his thang" in his films including "Clockers," "Chi-Raq," "Bamboozled," "He Got Game" and "Da Sweet Blood of Jesus," among others.

"May we all wish condolences and blessings to his family," Lee wrote. "Rest in peace, Brother Byrd."

Lee also shared More

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Shares in the company that owns the Regal, Cineworld and Picturehouse movie theaters fell as much as 58% after it said it will temporarily close the venues because delays to the latest James Bond film left it with few blockbusters to attract customers during the pandemic.

Cineworld Group Plc said Monday that 536 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the U.K. would close on Thursday. Some 45,000 employees are affected.

The company has high debts and is, like the wider industry, struggling with the effects of the pandemic. It said that with major markets such as New York closed and no guidance on when they will reopen, "studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films."

Without these releases, the company can't give customers "the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theaters against the backdrop of COVID-19.''

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  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Cinema chain Cineworld said Sunday it is considering closing all its movie theaters in Britain and the United States, after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in schedules.

Cineworld Group PLC owns 543 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 128 Cineworld venues in the U.K. and Ireland.

It said it was "considering the temporary closure of our U.K. and U.S. cinemas, but a final decision has not yet been reached."

"Once a decision has been made we will update all staff and customers as soon as we can."

The statement came after the Sunday Times reported that Cineworld's U.K. and Ireland theaters will shut indefinitely in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work.

The newspaper and other outlets reported that Cineworld plans to write to U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying cinema has become "unviable" because studios are postponing blockbuster releases because of the coronavirus More

  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. U.K. media say cinema chain Cineworld will close all its U.K. venues after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in theaters’ schedules. The Sunday Times reported on Sunday, Oct, 4 that Cineworld’s 128 theaters in the U.K. and Ireland will shut in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain's largest cinema chain, Cineworld, will close all its U.K. venues after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in theaters' schedules, U.K. media reported Sunday.

The Sunday Times reported that Cineworld's 128 theaters in the U.K. and Ireland will shut indefinitely in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work.

The newspaper and other outlets reported that Cineworld plans to write to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying cinema has become "unviable" because studios are postponing blockbuster releases because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cineworld did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Staff said they had not been informed or consulted.

"If these reports are true, then the first people Cineworld should be informing are their staff who will suffer as a result -- not the Sunday newspapers," said Philippa Childs, head of the entertainment workers' union BECTU. More

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
This is a Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 file photo of actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie "Spectre" in Berlin, Germany. The release of the James Bond film “No Time to Die” has been delayed again, this time to 2021, because of the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical business. MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter Friday that the 25th instalment in the franchise will now open globally on April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

The release of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" has been delayed again, this time to 2021, because of the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical business. 

MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter on Friday that the 25th installment in the franchise will now open globally on April 2, 2021.

"No Time To Die" was originally supposed to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 in the U.S. It was one of the first Hollywood films to abandon its release before cinemas in the U.S. shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film from director Cary Joji Fukunaga stars Daniel Craig as 007, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas. 

Other major studios have made similar decisions over the past few weeks. 

Cinemas remain closed in New York and Los Angeles, two of North America's biggest markets. 

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