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  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2020
In this Nov. 13, 2019 file photo, a Disney logo forms part of a menu for the Disney Plus movie and entertainment streaming service on a computer screen in Walpole, Mass. Disney said Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Disney said Monday that it is reorganizing its business units to focus even more on streaming. 

The company said in August that its Disney Plus service has more than 60 million subscribers, and subscribers to its main combination of streaming services — Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu — top 100 million. It still plans to launch another international streaming service called Star.

The coronavirus pandemic has hit box-office revenue by closing many theaters. Disney has released several major titles on streaming services that would traditionally have appeared at cinemas, like a live-action remake of "Mulan"  and the upcoming Pixar film "Soul" that will hit Disney Plus at Christmas. Americans continue to drop their cable subscriptions, affecting the company's TV networks. 

So the company is creating three content arms, one each for sports, general entertainment and its studios, which have famous brands including Star Wars and Marvel. More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
A scene from "One Night in Miami," directed by Regina King (photo by Patti Perret/courtesy of Amazon Prime)
LOS ANGELES -- 

AFI Fest 2020 (10/15-22) has added a Centerpiece Drive-in screening of director Regina King’s One Night in Miami to this year’s lineup. The Amazon Original film will be presented at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, October 19.  The feature takes place over one night with icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown examining the civil rights movement.  Written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based off his 2013 stage play, One Night in Miami is produced by Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein, and King and Powers are executive producers. The film stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.

“Regina King’s directorial debut is a knock-out,” said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals.  “And AFI is proud to celebrate her boundless talents in a setting larger than life.”

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  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter is imposing new rules, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, ahead of the U.S. presidential election, prohibiting people, including candidates, from claiming an election win before it is called by either state election officials or two authoritative, national news outlets. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 

Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation, calling for political violence and spreading thoughtless commentary in the days leading up to and following the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

The social platform will remove tweets that encourage violence or call for people to interfere with election results. Tweets that falsely claim a candidate has won will be labeled to direct users to the official U.S. election results page on Twitter.

Twitter said Friday it is will also make it more difficult to retweet posts it has labeled to highlight the presence of misleading information — whether about COVID, civic integrity or for including manipulated photos or videos. Beginning next week, people who want to retweet such posts will see a prompt pointing them to credible information about the topic before they are able to retweet it. The step is More

  • Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
In this Feb. 22, 2020, file photo, Jamie Foxx arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. The Pixar film “Soul” will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming. The film, about a middle school teacher played by Foxx, with dreams of becoming a jazz musician, was originally to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Pixar film "Soul" will skip theaters and instead premiere on Disney+ on Christmas, the Walt Disney Co. announced Thursday, sending one of the fall's last big movies straight to streaming.

The move, widely expected after the recent exodus of most major upcoming releases, marks one of the final dominos to fall in Hollywood's disastrous autumn. Following the exit of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" from November, the next big movie on the calendar is Warner Bros.' "Wonder Woman 1984," currently set for Dec. 25.

The successive delays of the film industry's would-be blockbusters has only made the dire circumstances of movie theaters more acute. Earlier this week, Cinemark said it would again shutter the U.S. and U.K. locations of its Regal cinemas, the country's second-largest theater chain. 

On Thursday, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the trade group of exhibitors, said its #SaveYourCinema campaign has flooded More

  • 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

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