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  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019
In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. France's competition authority has fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

France's competition authority fined Google 150 million euros ($166 million) on Friday for "abusing its dominant position" in the online ad market.

The agency said the U.S. tech company mistreated buyers of ads based on keywords. Methods used by its Google Ads platform are "opaque and difficult to understand" and the company applies them in an "unequal and arbitrary way," it said.

It also ordered Google to clarify  the rules for Google Ads and its procedures for freezing accounts, to avoid "brutal and unjustified" suspensions.

It's the latest in a string of European fines against Google, which faces very little competition for search engine business across the continent. The company has been hit in recent years with multibillion-dollar fines imposed by European Union authorities for unrelated antitrust cases and is also facing increasing regulator pressure on other fronts in Europe and the U.S.

Google said in a statement that More

  • Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
This image released by Disney/Lucasfilm shows Naomi Ackie as Jannah in a scene from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." (Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd.)

The latest "Star War" trilogy might be drawing to a close, but newcomers Keri Russell and Naomi Ackie are hoping they'll become part of the ensemble of memorable characters introduced throughout the nine film Skywalker saga.

Russell is well-established, while Ackie is an actress on the rise. Both learned quickly about carrying the weight of heightened expectations as the new co-stars in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." 

It certainly didn't take Ackie long to find out. The stakes were laid out in her first meeting with director J.J. Abrams after when she was selected to play a noble warrior named Jannah.

"J.J. said 'I'm not trying to scare you, but there's going to be a lot of young black girls who are going to be really inspired by this character,'" the British actress recalled. "That kind of hit me in the chest. It made me say to myself 'Oh my gosh.' But that helped get ready for this moment."

"Rise of Skywalker," which More

  • Friday, Dec. 20, 2019
In this image released by AMC, Danai Gurira, left, and Andrew Lincoln appear in a scene from “The Walking Dead.” (Gene Page/AMC via AP)

A Georgia jury has awarded $8.6 million to the family of a stuntman killed during the production of a "Walking Dead" episode in 2017.

The Daily Report reports the verdict  Thursday comes after a weeklong trial before Gwinnett County State Court Judge Emily Brantley. Jurors began deliberations late Tuesday and handed up the verdict shortly before 6 p.m.

Lawyers for defendants AMC and production company Stalwart Films had argued that John Bernecker's death in a fall from a balcony during a staged fight was an unforeseen accident that happened when the trained stuntman missed a landing pad 25 feet (7.62 meters) below. They said AMC Networks was not found to be negligent as part of the verdict. 

Bernecker's parents, Susan and Hagen Bernecker, sued AMC, Stalwart and several other defendants involved in the show's production, claiming they skimped on safety measures for financial and scheduling concerns.

In a statement, plaintiffs More

  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019
Ava DuVernay (photo by Koury Angelo/Getty Images)

Ava DuVernay, award-winning writer, director and producer, is set to receive the prestigious Television Showman of the Year from the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists, honoring her prolific career as a visionary television producer. The 57th Annual ICG Publicists Awards ceremony, which traditionally occurs the week leading up to the Academy Awards®, will be held in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 7, 2020. More than 900 industry leaders are expected to attend this year’s luncheon, celebrating excellence in publicity and promotion for motion pictures and television programs.
In making the announcement, Publicists Awards co-chair Sheryl Main said, “Ava DuVernay is the talented force behind some of the most acclaimed works in television and film. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Ava was an entertainment publicist for 12 years with her own firm. She appreciates the More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
This Oct. 23, 2019, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Britain's competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook 's dominance of online advertising. 

The Competition and Markets Authority said in an interim report it's concerned that the U.S. tech giants have become "entrenched" players in the U.K.'s 13 billion pound ($17 billion) digital advertising market, with "negative consequences" for the people and businesses that use them. 

Google's 6 billion pounds in search advertising revenue last year accounted for more than 90% of the U.K. total, while Facebook's 2 billion pounds in display ad revenue was equivalent to almost half the U.K. total. 

Big doesn't necessarily mean bad and the two companies provide innovative and valuable products and services, the authority added. 

However, it said a "lack of real competition to Google and Facebook could mean people are already missing out on the next great new idea from More

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
This undated photograph provided by FX Networks shows actors Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, left, and Andy Serkis in character as the Spirit of Christmas Past in the movie ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Actor Andy Serkis says the FX Original version of the classic Dickens tale is plugged into the modern zeitgeist. Serkis plays the ghost of Christmas Past and Guy Pearce plays a tormented Scrooge. (Robert Viglasky/FX Networks via AP)

Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair, Andy Serkis received a round of applause from the crew of "A Christmas Carol'' after thanking them for their hard work on the set.

An hour later, he emerged clean shaven and delighted to be "derigged" from his garb as the Spirit of Christmas Past — a pagan-inspired look he describes as "total sensory deprivation."

"I don't think I've ever worn such an uncomfortable costume,'' said Serkis. "The costume's really heavy. I've got an eye which is kind of a milky eye which I have no peripheral vision out of the right-hand side of my face. I've got long fingernails."

It didn't help that this festive offering was shot during a heat wave in July.

Even the colder night shoots were no relief. "I thought, I've got the best costume, I don't need a warm set coat. But then it started raining and I realized when my costume started getting More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
Executive producer/composer Andrew Lloyd Webber attends the world premiere of "Cats," at Alice Tully Hall, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

It was a special night for Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as he walked the red carpet for the world premiere of the film adaptation of his Tony Award-winning stage musical "Cats" Monday night.

Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press, the 71-year old composer called Taylor Swift "absolutely fantastic" as Bombalurina, and beamed with pride while speaking of the unusual journey his award-winning musical has taken. 

"This is a most extraordinary night for me in way, because it's been nearly 40 years after it got on the stage first. And of course, when 'Cats' got onto stage, everybody thought it was the most unlikely event to really go into a theater," Lloyd Webber said.

The award-winning composer knew the idea of transforming a series of T.S. Eliot poems into a stage musical with actors playing the feline roles seemed like an unlikely concept for a show. But something clicked for the famed composer, and the musical has become one of his More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google plans offer checking accounts run by Citigroup and a credit union, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Britain's competition watchdog said Tuesday it launched a formal inquiry into Google's takeover of cloud data analytics company Looker Data Sciences, as it intensifies scrutiny of technology deals.

The Competition and Markets Authority said it had notified the two companies on Monday that it was opening an initial inquiry and would decide on Feb. 13 whether to escalate it to a more in-depth investigation.

The authority said this month it was looking into whether the $2.6 billion acquisition would result in less competition in the U.K. market.

Google said in a statement that "the acquisition of Looker has received regulatory approval in the U.S. and Austria and we continue to make progress with regulators in the U.K."

The U.S. tech giant said in June it was buying Looker, which helps customers visualize data, as it seeks to compete with rivals including Amazon in the lucrative cloud service business. 

The inquiry comes More

  • Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
In this Aug. 31, 1965, file photo, French movie director Jean Luc Godard (r) and French actress Anna Karina are shown at the International Film Festival in Venice. Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Godard, has died aged 79, the French culture minister announced Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Mario Torrisi, File)
PARIS (AP) -- 

Anna Karina, the French New Wave actress who became an icon of the cinema in the 1960s and was the muse of Jean-Luc Godard, has died. She was 79.

The French culture minister announced her death on Twitter on Sunday. French media said that the Danish-born Karina had cancer and died Saturday.

''Her look was the look of the New Wave. It will remain so forever,'' Culture Minister Franck Riester tweeted.

"Anna Karina radiated. She magnetized the entire world,"' Riester said, adding that ''French cinema has lost one of its legends.''

Karina made seven films with Godard, her partner at the time, including the 1961 "Une Femme Est Une Femme'' (A Woman is a Woman), in which she played a femme fatale. For that, she received the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival. Other cult Godard movies starring Karina included the 1962 "Vivre Sa Vie'" (Live Your Life) and the 1965 "Pierrot Le Fou." 

Karina captured film-goers with More

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019
Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre, award winning producer, writer and director whose television shows have consistently reflected the highest quality of production design, will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE, Local 800) at the 24th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards. The 2020 ADG Awards will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown and will honor the spectrum of Lorre’s extraordinary work over the past 20 years. 

“Chuck Lorre is one of television’s most prolific and successful writers/directors/producers,” said Nelson Coates, ADG president. “His impact on the television comedy landscape has been tremendous, with shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mom, and most recently, The Kominsky Method. Chuck’s storytelling prowess as a showrunner is amplified by the significance he places on production design in the creation More

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