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  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Market (AFM) has adopted a new six-day schedule beginning with its 2020 edition set to run Tuesday, November 3–Sunday, November 8, in Santa Monica. The announcement was made by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).  This marks a major moment in the AFM’s 40 years as it pivots to a shorter timeline in recognition of the changing needs of the global film industry.  

Shifting to a Tuesday launch and condensing from its traditional eight-day run is emblematic of AFM’s commitment to provide the most efficient and productive business environment. This move also supports a broader marketplace shift that has companies commencing sales early with deals started at film markets often finalized after the event concludes.  

“While the film industry has changed drastically since we first launched AFM, markets are essential as this remains a face-to-face business,” said Michael Ryan, IFTA chairperson and partner, GFM More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
A scene from "#SnickersFixTheWorld," winner of the Super Clio in recognition of this year's best Super Bowl commercial.
NEW YORK -- 

The Clio Awards has bestowed the best commercial of Super Bowl LIV mantle upon “#SnickersFixTheWorld.” Conceived by BBDO New York/AMV BBDO for Snickers, the spot was selected by a panel of leading advertising creatives as the winner of the 6th annual Super Clio.

Snickers won out over three fellow entries on the 2020 Super Clio shortlist: Amazon’s “#BeforeAlexa” from Droga5 London; Jeep’s “Groundhog Day” by Hidrive Chicago; and Google’s “Loretta” out of the Google Creative Lab.

“The Super Bowl is the first major advertising event of the year. It’s an opportunity for agencies and brands to take storytelling risks and telegraph the trends we’ll see emerge as the year goes on,” said Nicole Purcell, Clio president. “It’s a competition for marketers to put on their best performance as much as it is for the players on the field and it’s so fun for us to host this special judging session and award the creative team that delivered such a timely and More

  • Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
Sil Lai Abrams, from back left, director Amy Ziering, director Kirby Dick, Drew Dixon, bottom left, and Sheri Hines pose for a portrait to promote the film "On the Record" at the Music Lodge during the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The documentary about several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual abuse has found a distributor after Oprah Winfrey's exit from the film left it in the lurch. 

HBO Max on Monday said it acquired Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering's film, "On the Record," following its premiere last week at the Sundance Film Festival. Along with other stories, "On the Record" tracks the decision of music executive Drew Dixon to publicly state that her then-boss Simmons raped her at his New York home in 1995.

Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, has denied all accusations of sexual abuse. 

"On the Record" had been set to be released by Apple TV Plus, with Winfrey as an executive producer. But in the weeks ahead of the film's Sundance premiere, Winfrey departed the film because she said she that while she believed Dixon, she felt more reporting was needed on her story. 

Yet "On the Record" made a strong impression at Sundance, More

  • Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" perform at the Tony Awards in New York. Next year, you'll be able to see the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” perform the musical smash from the comfort of a movie theater. The Walt Disney Company said Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, it will distribute a live capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's show in the United States and Canada on Oct. 15, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Next year, you'll be able to see the original Broadway cast of "Hamilton" perform the musical smash from the comfort of a movie theater.

The Walt Disney Company said Monday it will distribute a four-year-old live capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda's show in the United States and Canada on Oct. 15, 2021.

The groundbreaking, biographical hip-hop show about the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards and made numerous tours.

The film was made at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016 and will star all of the original Tony Award winners — Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; and Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.

Others who star include Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete More

  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
This May 29, 2019 file photo shows Adam Sandler at the "Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh" FYC event in Los Angeles. Netflix announced Friday that Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions have reached a new deal with them to make four more films. He’s had five films with the studio along with the stand-up special “Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh.” (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Expect more Adam Sandler in your Netflix feed.

The streaming giant announced Friday that Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions have reached a new deal with Netflix to make four more films. He's had five films with the studio along with the stand-up special "Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh." 

Netflix leader Ted Sarandos said the company is excited to extend its partnership with Sandler, because audiences "love his stories and his humor." The company said his 2019 comedy "Murder Mystery" starring him and Jennifer Aniston was the most popular film on Netflix in the U.S. last year and one of the most popular in eight other countries.

Sandler's latest film "Uncut Gems,"  which was released in theaters last year to critical acclaim, will premiere on Netflix in May. Later this year, the actor will star in "Hubie Halloween" with Kevin James, Julie Bowen and Maya Rudolph.

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  • Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A key accuser in Harvey Weinstein's trial  testified Friday that he raped her twice, once bellowing, "You owe me!" as he dragged her into a bedroom. 

The first time, the heavyset Hollywood tycoon trapped her in a New York hotel room in March 2013, angrily ordered her to undress as he loomed over her, and then raped her, she told jurors. 

Still, she kept in touch, sending him flattering emails, because "his ego was so fragile," she said, and it "made me feel safe, worshipping him in this sense. … I wanted to be perceived as innocent and naive."

Then, eight months later at a Los Angeles hotel where she worked as a hairdresser, she told Weinstein that she was dating an actor, she said. 

"You owe me one more time!" he screamed, she told jurors. She said she begged him not to take off her clothes, but he said, "I don't have time for games" and ripped off her pants before pushing her legs apart and raping her. 

Afterward, More

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
Tim Clark
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has elected new officers for its 2020 board of directors. Tim Clark, film commissioner for the Buffalo Niagara Film Office, will serve as AFCI’s board chair. He joined the AFCI board in 2018 and served previously as 2nd vice-chair. His new tenure as chair is set for a two-year term that may be renewed in 2022. Clark has led the Buffalo Niagara Film Office for more than a decade, overseeing production in Western New York State including the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. 

Marijana Stoisits of the Vienna Film Office returns to the AFCI board leadership as 1st vice-chair, while Donne Dawson from the Hawaii Film Office takes on the 2nd vice-chair position.

Other returning board officers include treasurer Karen Carberry Warhola from the Maine Film Commission, and secretary Virginia Pearce from the Utah Film Commission. 

AFCI’s 11-member board also includes two newly elected More

  • Friday, Jan. 31, 2020
This combination photo shows actress Imelda Staunton on the red carpet for the movie "Downton Abbey" at the Rome Film Fest in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019, left, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on May 17, 1996. Staunton has been tapped to be the last actress to play the British monarch in the Netflix series "The Crown." She will take the crown in the fifth and final season of the series. (AP Photo)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

"The Crown," Netflix's hit drama series about the British royal family, will end earlier than expected and has revealed its next and last queen.

Show creator and showrunner Peter Morgan had said he expected to create six seasons, but now thinks five is the "perfect time and place to stop."

Imelda Staunton has been tapped to be the last actress to play Queen Elizabeth II. She will take the crown in the fifth season from Olivia Colman, who, in turn, succeeded Claire Foy. "Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor," Morgan said in a statement Friday.

Staunton is an Olivier Award-winner whose films include "Vera Drake," "Nanny McPhee" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." She played Lady Maud Bagshaw in the "Downton Abbey" movie.

"The Crown" has won a Golden Globe for best TV drama and both Foy and Colman have won best actress Globes in the royal role. Season three arrived on Netflix in December. More

  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020
This June 24, 1978 file photo shows NBC President Fred Silverman speaking in Los Angeles. Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at his Los Angeles area home. He was 82. (AP Photo, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Fred Silverman, who steered programming for each of the Big Three broadcast networks and brought "All in the Family," "Roots," "Hawaii Five-O" and other hit series and miniseries to television, died Thursday. He was 82.

Silverman, who had been battling cancer, died at his home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, family spokesperson Julia Rosen said Thursday. Family members were with him, Rosen said.

Silverman's gift for picking shows that resonated with viewers prompted Time magazine to dub him "The Man with the Golden Gut" in a 1977 profile. As ABC's entertainment chief, Silverman had turned the network's fortunes around with shows including "Roots," "Rich Man, Poor Man" and "Charlie's Angels."

He had already brought success to CBS with an overhaul that included the end of country-themed series including "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres" and a pivot to what advertisers considered more upscale and urban fare, More

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
Harvey Weinstein arrives at court for his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 in New York.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

One woman testified that Harvey Weinstein led her to a New York City hotel bed, put his hand up her skirt and fondled her genitals during a 2004 meeting about her fledgling acting career.

Another woman, Tarale Wulff, testified that Weinstein grabbed her arm as she served cocktails at one of his usual Manhattan haunts in 2005, let her toward a darkened terrace and started masturbating. Wulff alleges Weinstein later raped her.

Wulff and the woman in the alleged hotel encounter, Dawn Dunning, took the witness stand Wednesday at Weinstein's rape trial, describing a powerful Hollywood figure they say preyed on their vulnerabilities while pushing the notion that sex could lead to film roles.

Their allegations are not part of the underlying criminal charges, because of the statute of limitations and other legal reasons, but they could be a big factor in whether he goes to prison at the end of the landmark #MeToo-era trial.

"I stood More

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