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  • Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
R.J. Cutler (photo by Matt Sayles)
LOS ANGELES -- 

During the sixth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards on Sunday, Nov. 14, at BRIC in Brooklyn, NY, documentarian R.J. Cutler will receive the Pennebaker Award (formerly known as the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award). This honor is named for Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award winner D A Pennebaker, who passed away in 2019. The award will be presented to Cutler by Pennebaker’s producing partner and wife, Chris Hegedus.

Cutler’s  work includes some of the most acclaimed documentaries of the last 30 years. His most recent film, the Apple Original Film cinema verité documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry, which tells the coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom, was released to critical acclaim (96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), recently nominated for four Emmy Awards and is currently eligible for honors in this film awards season. Additional credits include the three- More

  • Thursday, Sep. 30, 2021
This combination of photos shows Kendrick Lamar (l) and Mary J. Blige. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will perform for the first time on stage together at the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. 

The NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the five music icons will perform on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Lamar are Southern California natives.

Dre emerged from the West Coast gangster rap scene alongside Eazy-E and Ice Cube to help form the group N.W.A., which made a major mark in the hip-hop culture and music industry with controversial lyrics in the late 1980s. Dre is responsible for bringing forth rap stars such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Lamar. Dre also produced Blige's No. 1 hit song "Family Affair." 

"The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career," Dre said in a statement. The seven-time Grammy winner added that their More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
In this April 26, 2020 photo Myron Dewey, a filmmaker and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, speaks out against a proposed expansion of the Fallon Naval Air Station during a public meeting in Fallon, Nev. Dewey, who helped draw worldwide attention to the concerns of Native Americans fighting an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, after his car crashed in rural Nevada. (Benjamin Spillman/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- 

Myron Dewey, a filmmaker and journalist who helped draw worldwide attention to the concerns of Native Americans fighting an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, has died.

Dewey, a citizen of the Walker River Paiute Tribe, passed away Sunday when his car crashed in rural Nevada, the Nye County sheriff said. The 49-year-old had posted footage on Twitter a day earlier from a central Nevada military installation where he and other members of local tribes have long protested the proposed expansion of a U.S. Navy bombing range.

Dewey won acclaim for his live footage of the 2016 demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. His visuals of Native Americans being sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather were viewed by hundreds of thousands after appearing online and in the news.

He later co-directed the documentary "Awake: A More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
Britney Spears supporter Amy Wesselman of Long Beach demonstrates outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge will hear arguments at a hearing Wednesday over removing Spears' father from the conservatorship that controls her life and money and whether the legal arrangement should be ended altogether. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

A judge on Wednesday suspended Britney Spears' father from the conservatorship that has controlled the singer's life and money for 13 years, saying the arrangement "reflects a toxic environment."

Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny agreed with a petition from Spears and her attorney, Mathew Rosengart, that James Spears needs to give up his role as conservator. The move is a major victory for the singer, who pleaded in dramatic hearings in June and July that her father needed to be out.

"The current situation is untenable," Penny said after hearing arguments from both sides. "It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears."

James Spears sought the conservatorship in 2008 and had been its primary controller and biggest champion. He reversed course in recent weeks, asking the judge to end the conservatorship.

Britney Spears and Rosengart agreed that the conservatorship should end and said in court More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
Richard Goggin
BALTIMORE -- 

Richard (Dick) Goggin passed away suddenly on August 29, 2021. He was 67 years old.

Born in St. Louis, Goggin grew up in Newtown, CT. As a child, he attended Sandy Hook Elementary. He graduated from New York University. Goggin’s career in advertising and broadcasting would take him to nearly every corner of the country, with assignments in New York City, Providence, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and South Carolina. He worked with clients in Boston, Orlando and Pittsburgh. He recorded music in Dallas and Chicago. Goggin lived in many places but considered Baltimore, MD, his home.

Goggin’s professional successes were many. When he left WJZ-TV in the mid-1980s, that station’s evening newscasts had the highest audience rating and share of any television station in the nation. At WRC-TV he oversaw the audience research, talent changes and new marketing direction which led to this NBC More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
David Yates
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

David Yates, the English director of the last four Harry Potter films and two Fantastic Beasts films, will receive this year’s Eva Monley Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 8th Annual LMGI Awards on Saturday, October 23, at 2pm PDT in a virtual ceremony. The award recognizes and honors industry members who support the vision of location professionals.
 
Each year, the LMGI presents their Honorary Eva Monley Award to a filmmaker whose efforts have demonstrated “above and beyond” support of the work of location professionals. Named in honor of the late Eva Monley, who was the go-to person to scout and organize logistics in remote locations for John Huston, Otto Preminger, David Lean and many others. Immensely curious, capable and self-reliant, Monley thrived in a peripatetic film career spanning 50 years. A spirited, innovative person whose pioneering contributions to the location profession More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2021
Joana Vicente
PARK CITY, Utah -- 

Joana Vicente has been named CEO of the Sundance Institute. She is slated to assume that role on November 1.

Vicente spent the past three years as executive director and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival. Prior to that, she served for nearly a decade as the executive director of the not-for-profit Independent Filmmaker Project (now the Gotham Film & Media Institute).

The hiring of Vicente caps a comprehensive search by the Sundance Institute to find a successor to Keri Putnam who stepped down as CEO earlier this year after a decade of leading the Institute.

Vicente has firsthand knowledge of the deep commitment Sundance has to independent creators through programs that support artists seeking production, financing, and distribution. As the co-founder and president of Open City Films since 1994, she produced four Sundance Institute–supported lab projects and has had 13 movies debut at the Festival, including the More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021
A scene from "Bruised"
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced that AFI Fest 2021 will include the world premieres of Academy Award® winner Halle Berry’s directorial debut Bruised from Netflix and Academy Award®  winner Benjamin Cleary’s feature directorial debut Swan Song from Apple Original Films. 

Both world premieres will screen in-person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre--Swan Song on November 12, and Bruised on November 13.

Bruised stars Berry as a washed-up MMA fighter who struggles for redemption as both an athlete and a mother. 

Swab Song stars two-time Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali as a man diagnosed with a terminal illness who is presented with an alternative solution by his doctor, portrayed by eight-time Oscar® nominee Glenn Close, to shield his family from grief. The film also stars Oscar® nominee Naomie Harris, BAFTA Award nominee Awkwafina and Adam Beach.

“Now more than More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 28, 2021
Green Bay Packers free safety Darnell Savage, right, defends a pass intended for San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. This Sunday night football game topped the week's primetime ratings. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

NBC opened the new television season with a dominant week against its rivals, and it wasn't just football that was responsible.

The network's Sunday night football franchise was by far last week's most-watched primetime program, as it traditionally is each fall. But NBC said it was the first time it won television's fall premiere week in 20 years when only entertainment programming — and not sports — is taken into account.

NBC's Wednesday night slate of "Chicago" dramas is potent, particularly for younger viewers. The network also touted its new series "Ordinary Joe," which more than doubled its premiere night audience when delayed and digital viewing is taken into account.

CBS' long-running favorite "NCIS" was the week's most popular scripted series, the Nielsen company said.

With Broadway shows just opening up again after most were dark for more than a year because of COVID-19, Sunday night's Tony Awards tanked in the More

  • Monday, Sep. 27, 2021
Ashley Flores, one of the participants in the feature program of PGA Create
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Producers Guild of America announced the 10 producers and producing teams invited to take part in its inaugural PGA Create lab for emerging and mid-career creative producers. The program’s focus is on supporting producers from underrepresented backgrounds. 

PGA Create will be held October 25-28 and will showcase creative producers and producing teams actively developing, financing and packaging scripted features and series. Participants will have opportunities to hone their project pitches, attend master classes with experienced producers and build their network of fellow producers. As the sole sponsor of this important initiative, Google will be providing an array of resources to help nurture talent from underrepresented communities.  Google will be contributing meaningful funding along with a variety of products as a way to help the recipients throughout their creative journeys.  PGA Create is designed to provide touch points over the span More

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