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  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime.

The four-hour film, "Surviving Jeffrey Epstein," will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday.

Epstein, 66, killed himself in his New York City prison cell in August after he was arrested on sex trafficking charges. The financier had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing girls as young as 14 and young women in New York and Florida in the early 2000s. In lawsuits, women say the abuse spanned decades.

In announcing the documentary at a TV critics meeting, Lifetime said it was building on the success of influential projects including "Surviving R. Kelly." 

The R&B superstar, who had been followed by allegations of sexual abuse against minors for years, drew new attention from authorities after Lifetime's six-part series aired in January 2019. It included testimonials by alleged victims. More

  • Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
Liz Tigelaar, from left, Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington participate in the Hulu "Little Fires Everywhere" panel during the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association Press Tour, on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Tired of others influencing her career choices, Reese Witherspoon launched her own production company eight years ago. She has been calling the shots on both sides of the camera ever since, often in collaboration with other high-profile actresses.

"I didn't see a place to exist within the industry that we had," she said. "There just wasn't a spectrum of storytelling for women that I felt like was representative of the world that we walk through."

Her company Hello Sunshine generates most of what Witherspoon does when she isn't working with streaming services like Hulu. Starting in March, it airs "Little Fires Everywhere," based on Celeste Ng's 2017 bestseller, with Witherspoon and Kerry Washington playing mothers living in Ohio in the late 1990s. Both women were executive producers as well.

"We really shared all responsibility. That extends to every script, every nuance, every costume design, every cut of every episode," Witherspoon More

  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, speaks underneath poster images for 20th Century Fox films during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Disney is dropping the word “Fox” from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports. According to trade publication Variety, 20th Century Fox will become 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will be Searchlight Pictures. Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Disney is dropping the word "Fox" from the movie studios it acquired as part of last year's $71 billion purchase  of Fox's entertainment business, according to published reports.

Disney will still run them as separate studios within the company. But trade publication Variety reported that  20th Century Fox will become 20th Century Studios, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will be Searchlight Pictures. Variety said the studios' logos are largely unchanged except for the removal of the Fox name. 

Variety said the Fox name created brand confusion with Disney because Fox News and the Fox broadcast network are owned by Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corp., while the movie studios now belong to Disney.

The news outlet said a decision has yet to be made on Disney's Fox television production businesses, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studio.

Disney representatives did not return messages requesting comment.

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  • Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
From left, Patrick Fabian, Giancarlo Esposito and Bob Odenkirk, cast members in the AMC drama series "Better Call Saul," pose together for a portrait during the 2020 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

"Better Call Saul" has been renewed for a sixth and final season consisting of 13 episodes that will air in 2021.

The upcoming fifth season debuts Feb. 23-24 on AMC. The "Breaking Bad" prequel starring Bob Odenkirk will air 10 episodes this year focusing on main character Jimmy McGill's decision to practice law as Saul Goodman, which creates unexpected changes for those around him.

Executive producer Peter Gould told a TV critics meeting on Thursday that it's the run everyone on the show wanted. After season four, Gould said he began envisioning how it would end.

"I have to say, none of it is what I expected when it started," he said. "When this season is over, I think you'll have a better understanding of where it's all going." 

By the time it's over, "Better Call Saul" will have made one episode more than "Breaking Bad's" total of 62.

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  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
Chief content officer, HBO MAX and president, TNT, TBS, & truTV Kevin Reilly appears at the HBO Max Executive Sessions panel during the HBO TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

HBO Max's high-end subscription fee won't be an obstacle to the streaming service's launch, said Kevin Reilly, its chief content officer.

"People do not shop for their entertainment experiences with price being the primary" motivation, Reilly told a TV critics meeting Wednesday. "People don't say, 'I'd love to go to this concert, I don't really want to go to this one as much. But it's cheaper, so I guess I'll go to that one."

Beyond the existing customers expected to convert from $15-a-month HBO to HBO Max upon its May launch, there is a deep pool of potential subscribers that could yield a "substantial number more," he said. Viewers unable or reluctant to pay that fee can look to a lower-priced iteration in the future, he said.

The company previously said it plans to launch a version of HBO Max with ads in 2021.

Reilly's overview of the service included recounting his test drive of it over the holidays, jumping from HBO's " More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Barry Jenkins, producer and director of "The Underground Railroad," an Amazon Original series exec produced by Plan B Entertainment and Jenkins' PASTEL.
PASADENA, Calif. -- 

Amazon Studios has signed a new overall deal for television with the Academy and Emmy Award-winning team at Plan B Entertainment, the film and TV production company headed by Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Under the exclusive new agreement, its first ever devoted to television production, Plan B will develop and produce series to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Plan B is currently in production with Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins on the upcoming Amazon Original series The Underground Railroad, and will also produce the new Amazon Original series Outer Range, created by Brian Watkins.  Plan B is also working with Amazon Studios, along with Legendary Television, to develop Paper Girls, a dramatic series based on Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel.

A joint statement from Gardner and Kleiner read, “Amazon has become a More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Bill Creber (l) and Roland Anderson
LOS ANGELES -- 

Oscar®-nominated art director and production designers William J. Creber, best known for his work on the Irwin Allen disaster flicks The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno and the first three Planet of the Apes movies, and Roland Anderson, best known for his work on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, White Christmas and Cecil B. DeMille’s Cleopatra, will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) Hall of Fame for their extraordinary contributions to the visual art of storytelling at the 24th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2020 Awards will be held Saturday, February 1, returning to the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. 
 
ADG president Nelson Coates said, “Bill Creber was the man who designed and then flipped cruise ships, burned skyscrapers and created an entire ape culture. He was also a distinguished past ADG president and leader of More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke speaks at the Executive Session during the Amazon TCA 2020 Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star opposite Richard Madden in the U.S. edition of "Citadel," a drama series to be produced in conjunction with programs from several other countries.

"The idea is to create a truly global, action-packed spy series," Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke said. "It's a totally innovative, multifaceted international approach to storytelling, and we can't wait to tell you more as it comes together."

Local-language productions are being done in Italy and India, with another announced Tuesday in Mexico. Amazon called the U.S. version the "mothership" of the project, with production set to begin this summer.

Film star Chopra Jonas was in the ABC TV series "Quantico." Madden starred in the award-winning BBC and Netflix series "Bodyguard."

The other "Citadel" productions will "enhance the experience of engaging with the show," Salke said. Further details and release dates were not announced.

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  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Mari Jo Winkler accepts her PGA Charles FitzSimons Award at the Producers Guild Awards Annual East Coast Nominees Celebration on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)
NEW YORK -- 

The Producers Guild of America hosted its annual East Coast Celebration of the 2020 PGA nominees last night (1/13) at Ascent Lounge in New York City. This year, the Guild announced the winners of two categories from the 2020 Producers Guild Awards. The producing team for What’s My Name|Muhammad Ali was presented with the award for Outstanding Sports Program. Additionally, the producing team for Sesame Street (season 49) was presented with the award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

Additionally, producer Mari Jo Winkler was presented with the Charles FitzSimons Award for her leadership and continuous commitment to the Guild, including her efforts to furthering green initiatives. The Charles FitzSimons Award is the Guild’s highest service honor, which recognizes outstanding dedication and enduring contributions to the Producers Guild of America.

In attendance were producing team members from nominated productions and PGA More

  • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Awkwafina arrives at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

Awkwafina may not have an Oscar nomination, but the breakout star has already secured a second-season renewal of her new Comedy Central series.

"Awkwafina is Nora from Queeens" debuts Jan. 22. The network said Tuesday it was adding a second season for the show based on Awkwafina's real life growing up in the New York borough of Queens. 

Awkwafina joined Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Robert De Niro and Beyonce among the big names who didn't receive a nod when Oscar nominations were announced Monday. Awkwafina became the first actress of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe award in a leading actress category for "The Farewell." 

"My emotional reaction to all of this is that I'm grateful for this journey," she said about being shut out for the Oscars. "I've had a pretty exciting ride and with this show and movies, we've seen this year that representation existed. I can't be more grateful to do what I do and be recognized a little bit More

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