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  • Wednesday, Apr. 8, 2020
This Sept. 24, 1984 file photo shows Allen Garfield at the screening for "Irreconcilable Differences" in Los Angeles. Garfield, the veteran character actor who was a vital player in classic 1970s films like “The Conversation” and “Nashville,” died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19.. He was 80. (AP Photo/Scott Harms, File)

Allen Garfield, the veteran character actor who was a vital player in classic 1970s films like "The Conversation" and "Nashville," has died. He was 80. 

Garfield's sister, Lois Goorwitz, said he died Tuesday in Los Angeles due to complications from COVID-19. Garfield had been a resident at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home, the industry retirement facility where several staffers and some residents have tested positive for the virus. 

The Newark, New Jersey-born Garfield first set out as a boxer and a sportswriter. While covering sports for New Jersey's Star-Ledger, he studied acting at night and was eventually taken in by the Actor's Studio. There, he studied under Lee Strasberg. 

Performing with naturalism and method-style commitment, Garfield found he could transfer journalism into acting. 

"I became an actor in order to be trained by the masters, which I was, at the Actor's Studio," Garfield said in a public-access More

  • Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum

On Tuesday, April 28, the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance will be hosting a webinar, “COVID-19 & Consumer Protection:  Global Advertising in a Time of Crisis.”  The webinar will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.  

With the world in crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic, government regulators and self-regulatory organizations are aggressively policing marketers, to ensure that their advertising is truthful and not misleading and complies with other relevant standards. In this webinar, members of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance will update you on key COVID-19 related advertising law developments around the world, including important regulatory and self-regulatory enforcement.

The speakers at the webinar will be:

Jose Antoni Arochi, Arochi & Lindner (Mexico)
Donata Cordone, Portolano Cavallo (Italy)
Brinsley Dresden, Lewis Silkin LLP (UK)
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Frankfurt Kurnit (US)

  • Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
Nicole Purcell

The Clio Awards has put into motion a number of structural changes to its program schedule that will allow for the company and its entrants to celebrate the best creative work of the current cycle at a later date. In an effort to meet the needs of the advertising industry, the Clio Awards will extend its eligibility and entry windows into 2021 and move its awards ceremony from October 2020 to April 2021.

The program is currently open for entries, but the company will extend its lowest entry fee window into the fall and work with entrants on a flexible payment schedule until March 2021. All submissions completed since the launch on January 27th will be considered as part of the current, extended program cycle.

“Dealing with the challenges brought on by the coronavirus has been tough on us and the industry we serve. We understand that everyone is having to make difficult decisions and we wanted to be able to take something off their plate More

  • Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020

Small business owners who have a business deposit relationship with Bank of America can now apply for a Paycheck Protection Program through the bank. This was after their applications were initially rejected on Friday (4/3), day one of the coronavirus relief program. At that time, BofA stated that application processing priority was being given to those who have credit lines or business loans with the bank; in other words, those that owe money to BofA were being put first in line, some conclude so that they could make good on their debt to the bank. This was interpreted by a number of customers as serving the bank’s interest through federal money that’s been earmarked to help qualifying small businesses across the board.

Pushback on that policy was strong as rejected BofA applicants, many of them long-time customers, took to social media. BofA’s denial of those applicants even elicited criticism from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio who pointed out that More

  • Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule, moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies. “Black Widow,” which had been set to kick off the summer movie season, will now open Nov. 6. (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)

The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule by moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies, announcing a new one for the live-action adaption of "Mulan" and pushing one movie, "Artemis Fowl," to Disney Plus, in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Black Widow," the Marvel entry starring Scarlett Johansson, had been set to kick off the summer movie season. Instead, Disney said it will now open Nov. 6. Such delays have unique ramifications for Marvel movies because of their interconnection. With "Black Widow" on the move, that meant a domino effect, pushing most all upcoming Marvel releases back at least three months. 

"Black Widow" took the release date of "The Eternals," which now moves to February 21 next year. "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" departs that February date for May 7, 2021. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" shifts from next May to Nov. 5, 2021. And "Thor: Love and Thunder" is More

  • Friday, Apr. 3, 2020
David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is giving $6 million to help film industry employees out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The film academy, which puts on the annual Academy Awards, said Friday that it will donate $2 million to the Actors Fund, which supports performers and behind-the-scenes workers; $2 million to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the long-running nonprofit offering relief to members of the entertainment community in need; and $2 million to the Academy Foundation, its own charitable arm.

“As we face a pandemic, it’s incumbent upon us to help those in the motion picture community who are suffering,” said David Rubin, Academy president, said in a statement. “The shutting down of productions, businesses and theaters has had devastating consequences. By contributing financially to The Actors Fund, MPTF, and the Academy Foundation’s wonderful grants program, we can help provide our extended More

  • Friday, Apr. 3, 2020

Feedback from small businesses on day one of their being able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program--part of the $2 trillion relief package (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, aka CARES Act) recently signed into federal law--has been marked by frustration and disbelief over obstacles they are encountering, including at Bank of America.

Owners whose businesses that are customers of Bank of America (BofA) Banking Services and merchant services are finding that their entry of online application is not being accetped at this critical early stage as they’ve been informed that priority is going to those who have credit lines or business loans with BofA; in other words, those that owe money to BofA are being put first in line while other debt-free once stable businesses are not allowed to apply. This has been interpreted by a number of customers as serving the bank’s interest through federal money that has been earmarked to More

  • Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020
Chris Sloan (l) and Carla Kaufman Sloan

Caleb & Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation--the charity of Chris Sloan and Carla Kaufman Sloan, founders of 2C Creative, a creative agency and production company serving the TV/streaming business with promos, brand integrations, trailers, upfront presentations and other campaigns--has initiated a campaign that will match individual donations (up to $250 each) to charities supporting first responders, organizations and those affected by COVID-19.

So far, the Foundation’s COVID-19 Has Met Its Match campaign has raised some $50,000 and counting. While the initial deadline date for people to participate was April 6, this has now been extended to April 13.  

Click here (and scroll down) for more info on the Met Its Match program and to get a list of charities the Awesome Foundation has vetted and donated to--or donors can choose their own related charities. People can double More

  • Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020
In this Feb. 9, 2020, file photo, Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. DiCaprio is helping to launch the $12 million America’s Food Fund aimed at helping low-income families, the elderly and those whose jobs have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Among those teaming up for the launch are philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple and the Ford Foundation. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Leonardo DiCaprio will help launch America's Food Fund, which has already raised $12 million to help communities impacted by the coronavirus. 

The organization said Thursday that the funds will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

The food fund will work with hunger relief organizations World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.

DiCaprio serves as a co-founder of America's Food Fund with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs. Apple and the Ford Foundation are also providing money to help launch the new initiative.

"In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need," DiCaprio said in a statement. "I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support."

The new More

  • Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020
This image released by Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures shows characters, from left, Kevin, Gru, voiced by Steve Carell and Stuart in a scene from "Minions: The Rise of Gru." Universal Pictures said Thursday, March 19, 2020, that the animated film will not be completed by July 3 due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. (Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures via AP)

"Wicked" fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Universal Pictures on Wednesday announced that another handful of theatrical release dates are shifting due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has bumped "Wicked" off the calendar entirely for the moment. 

The studio said that "Minions: The Rise of Gru," which was unable to be finished for its planned summer 2020 release because of the outbreak, is being pushed back a year to July 2021. "Sing 2" will now come out on "Wicked's" original date of December 22, 2021.

Hollywood studios have been scrambling to revise business plans amid the pandemic, which has closed theaters nationwide and halted productions indefinitely. The summer movie season has already taken a hit, with the recent postponements of "Wonder Woman 1984,"  "F9" and "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."  And a handful of films have been taken off the calendar More

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