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  • Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Shares in the company that owns the Regal, Cineworld and Picturehouse movie theaters fell as much as 58% after it said it will temporarily close the venues because delays to the latest James Bond film left it with few blockbusters to attract customers during the pandemic.

Cineworld Group Plc said Monday that 536 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the U.K. would close on Thursday. Some 45,000 employees are affected.

The company has high debts and is, like the wider industry, struggling with the effects of the pandemic. It said that with major markets such as New York closed and no guidance on when they will reopen, "studios have been reluctant to release their pipeline of new films."

Without these releases, the company can't give customers "the breadth of strong commercial films necessary for them to consider coming back to theaters against the backdrop of COVID-19.''

"This is not a decision More

  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Cinema chain Cineworld said Sunday it is considering closing all its movie theaters in Britain and the United States, after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in schedules.

Cineworld Group PLC owns 543 Regal cinemas in the U.S. and 128 Cineworld venues in the U.K. and Ireland.

It said it was "considering the temporary closure of our U.K. and U.S. cinemas, but a final decision has not yet been reached."

"Once a decision has been made we will update all staff and customers as soon as we can."

The statement came after the Sunday Times reported that Cineworld's U.K. and Ireland theaters will shut indefinitely in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work.

The newspaper and other outlets reported that Cineworld plans to write to U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying cinema has become "unviable" because studios are postponing blockbuster releases because of the coronavirus More

  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020
This June 18, 2020 file photo shows the logo of a Cineworld cinema in Northampton, England. U.K. media say cinema chain Cineworld will close all its U.K. venues after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in theaters’ schedules. The Sunday Times reported on Sunday, Oct, 4 that Cineworld’s 128 theaters in the U.K. and Ireland will shut in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP, file)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain's largest cinema chain, Cineworld, will close all its U.K. venues after the postponement of the new James Bond film left a big hole in theaters' schedules, U.K. media reported Sunday.

The Sunday Times reported that Cineworld's 128 theaters in the U.K. and Ireland will shut indefinitely in the coming weeks, putting up to 5,500 people out of work.

The newspaper and other outlets reported that Cineworld plans to write to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden saying cinema has become "unviable" because studios are postponing blockbuster releases because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cineworld did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Staff said they had not been informed or consulted.

"If these reports are true, then the first people Cineworld should be informing are their staff who will suffer as a result -- not the Sunday newspapers," said Philippa Childs, head of the entertainment workers' union BECTU. More

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
This is a Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 file photo of actor Daniel Craig poses for the media as he arrives for the German premiere of the James Bond movie "Spectre" in Berlin, Germany. The release of the James Bond film “No Time to Die” has been delayed again, this time to 2021, because of the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical business. MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter Friday that the 25th instalment in the franchise will now open globally on April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

The release of the James Bond film "No Time to Die" has been delayed again, this time to 2021, because of the effects of COVID-19 on the theatrical business. 

MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, said on Twitter on Friday that the 25th installment in the franchise will now open globally on April 2, 2021.

"No Time To Die" was originally supposed to open in April 2020 but was pushed back to Nov. 12 in the U.K. and Nov. 20 in the U.S. It was one of the first Hollywood films to abandon its release before cinemas in the U.S. shut down in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The film from director Cary Joji Fukunaga stars Daniel Craig as 007, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ana de Armas. 

Other major studios have made similar decisions over the past few weeks. 

Cinemas remain closed in New York and Los Angeles, two of North America's biggest markets. 

Ticket sales for Warner Bros More

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Anne Hathaway, center, and Stanley Tucci in a scene from “Roald Dahl’s The Witches," making its U.S. premiere on HBO Max on October 22. (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

The Robert Zemeckis adaptation of "Roald Dahl's The Witches" has found a new home on HBO Max this month just in time for Halloween. 

Warner Bros. said Friday that "The Witches" will debut on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent company WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22. 

The dark fantasy starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth was originally intended as a theatrical release, but like many others was unset due to the effects of COVID-19 on movie theaters. 

Dahl's 1983 novel about an orphaned boy who discovers a coven of witches that hate children was previously adapted for the big screen in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. It starred Angelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson and was a box office flop, despite its critical acclaim. 

This new version has actor Jahzir Bruno playing the boy who must try to stop the witches from turning the world's children into mice. Chris Rock More

  • Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
Kate Stanners
LONDON -- 

D&AD announced that the 58th D&AD Annual will be published exclusively in a digital format, in a move to make the Annual a widely accessible source of inspiration, education and celebration following a year of unprecedented challenge for the creative industries due to the coronavirus pandemic. The digital Annual will continue to showcase the best creative work from across the design and advertising industry, and heralds a more accessible and sustainable future for D&AD. 

Since 1962, the D&AD Annual has brought together the most outstanding creative work and served as a bible of inspiring projects from the global design and advertising industry. This year, D&AD president Kate Stanners has collaborated with Studio Dumbar to create a digital Annual that continues the publication’s legacy of inspiring both established and emerging creatives. As a charitable organization, D&AD’s primary mission is to channel their resources More

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google said Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, it will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their news content. The internet search giant said it has signed agreements for its news partnership program with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Google will pay publishers $1 billion over the next three years for their news content. 

The internet search giant said said Thursday that it has signed agreements for its news partnership program with nearly 200 publications in Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. 

"This financial commitment - our biggest to date - will pay publishers to create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience," CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. 

On Thursday, Google's News Showcase is launching in Brazil and Germany, featuring story panels that let publishers package stories with features like timelines. It will appear first on Google News on Android, then Apple iOS, before it is rolled out to Google Discover and Search. 

The funding builds on a news licensing program launched by Google in June,  as it seeks defuse tensions with the beleaguered news industry. News companies want Google More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

American Cinema Editors (ACE) will hold the 72nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards, recognizing outstanding editing in film and television, on Sunday, April 18, 2021. Exact plans for the proceedings are not yet solidified and it may be a virtual event in light of the pandemic. The awards ceremony will unveil winners for outstanding editing in 13 categories of film and television including this year’s newest category, Best Edited Animated Series (Non-Theatrical). 

“The burst of incredible animation on the small screen is exciting to watch,” stated ACE executive director Jenni McCormick. “We’re pleased to add a category this year that recognizes the superlative accomplishments of film editors working in this space.” 

A full list of categories for the ACE Eddie Awards follows:
 

  • Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
  • Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy)
  • Best Edited Animated Feature Film
  • Best Edited Animated Series More
  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
File picture taken on July 4, 1959 shows Italian actress Sophia Loren, American journalist Elsa Maxwell and festival director Dr. Alfred Bauer, right, talk at the festival in the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin. (Konrad Giehr/dpa via AP, file)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

A study has concluded that the founding director of the Berlin International Film Festival made a "not insignificant" contribution to the German film system under Nazi rule and later covered up his role, festival organizers said Wednesday.

Alfred Bauer led the "Berlinale" from 1951 to 1976, building the festival into a major draw for then-West Berlin. It is now one of the major European film festivals, along with Cannes and Venice.

In January, the festival suspended a prize named for Bauer after German newspaper Die Zeit reported that he was a senior figure in the Nazis' moviemaking bureaucracy. It said it hadn't previously been aware of Bauer having held an important position during the Nazi era and commissioned a study from Germany's Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History.

The study's editor concluded that "Alfred Bauer made a not insignificant contribution to the functioning of the German film system during the Nazi More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 30, 2020
In this Monday, Oct. 23, 2006, file photo, actor Sacha Baron Cohen arrives in character as Borat for the film premiere of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Borat is back. Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed a sequel to his 2006 film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” that Amazon plans to release before the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Borat is back. Sacha Baron Cohen has filmed a sequel to his 2006 film "Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" that Amazon plans to release before the election.

The streaming giant confirmed Tuesday that it has acquired worldwide rights to the film. It's reportedly titled: "Borat: Gift of Pornographic Monkey to Vice Premiere Mikhael Pence to Make Benefit Recently Diminished Nation of Kazakhstan."

Reports have steadily accumulated about the project throughout the summer as it was filmed in secret during the pandemic. In early July, Rudy Giuliani called the police on Cohen after an interview in which Cohen emerged in character. Giuliani told Page Six: "This guy comes running in wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit. It was a pink bikini, with lace."

In June, Cohen appeared at a far-right rally in Olympia, Washington, posing as a sponsor of the event. He led the More

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