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  • Monday, Jul. 9, 2018
Filmmaker to open WWII education center in Rhode Island
In this June 22, 2018 photo, filmmaker Tim Gray looks over maps from D-Day, which are among numerous artifacts destined for a planned World War II education center in Wakefield, R.I. Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, plans to open the center in September. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- 

A filmmaker who shares the stories of World War II veterans is opening an education center in Rhode Island so students can learn about the war and meet the men who fought in it.

Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, has made 21 documentaries and amassed a large collection of artifacts, including uniforms, helmets, documents, flags, maps and other items used in battle.

He has leased space in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and plans to open in September.

Gray envisions the center as a place where students and researchers can watch the films, hold the artifacts and talk to veterans he'll invite there.

World War II veteran Richard Fazzio said he wants to tell students about his experiences. The 93-year-old Fazzio piloted a boat that brought some of the first troops to Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion.

"I want to let them know what a great country this is and how a lot of people died to keep it free," said Fazzio, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Gray said it will be an interactive way to preserve veterans' stories so future generations don't forget their sacrifices. He'll lead discussions about the films, the collection and veterans' oral histories.

"We really want them to experience the personal side of war and what it cost people," he said. "It's taking the best of what other museums do and combining it with what we do."

Gemma Birnbaum, at the National WWII Museum, said lessons from the war about global citizenship, empathy and immigration are relevant today. Birnbaum, director of the media and education center at the museum in New Orleans, said she's familiar with the foundation's plans in Rhode Island.

"They have an ability to reach a community that doesn't necessarily have access to these stories and this type of history," she said Friday. "There's a real need, so what they're doing is important."

There is a WWII museum in Natick, Massachusetts. A spokeswoman at the International Museum of World War II says they primarily host Massachusetts schools.

  • Monday, Jul. 9, 2018
Seigner, Polanski's wife, refuses film academy invitation
In this Oct. 30, 2017 file photo, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, left, and French-Polish director Roman Polanski appear during a photo call prior to the screening of "Based on a true story" in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

In a seething open letter, French actress Emmanuelle Seigner refused the invitation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and voiced her support for her expelled husband, director Roman Polanski.

Seigner called the film academy's invitation "insufferable hypocrisy" in a letter published Sunday in the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche . Polanski was kicked out of the organization in May, along with Bill Cosby, for violating its newly instituted code of conduct.

Seigner was last month invited to join the academy, which is striving to diversify the membership that votes on the Academy Awards. The academy invited 928 entertainment industry professionals, 49 percent of whom are women.

"I have always been a feminist," wrote Seigner, the 52-year-old actress of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Venus in Fur." ''But how can I ignore the fact that a few weeks ago the Academy expelled my husband, Roman Polanski, in an attempt to appease the zeitgeist — the very same Academy which (in 2003) awarded him an Oscar for The Pianist! A curious case of amnesia!"

The film academy last year adopted a code of conduct following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which gave the organization's board of governors the power to vote out members. While the expulsion of Weinstein and Cosby were expected, Polanski's case has long been more divisive in Hollywood.

The "Rosemary's Baby" and "Chinatown" filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. He fled the country while awaiting sentencing in 1978 and has since been a fugitive from the United States. Last year, the former German actress Renate Langer told the Swiss police that Polanski raped her in 1972 when she was 15.

Seigner strongly took issue with critics of her husband, who she said has "been falsely slandered as a pervert" since he fled the U.S.

"The Academy probably thinks I am enough of a spineless, social climbing actress that I would forget that I have been married for the past 29 years to one of the world's greatest directors," wrote Seigner. "I love him, he is my husband and the father of my children. He has been cast out like a pariah. Yet these same nameless academicians think that I should 'mount the steps of glory' behind his back? The insufferable hypocrisy!

She added: "This proposal is one insult too many. I cannot remain silent any longer. You offend me whilst claiming to want to protect women!"

The academy did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.

  • Monday, Jul. 9, 2018
Robin Wright speaks about ex-"House of Cards" star  Spacey
In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Actress Robin Wright poses for photographers upon arrival at the "House Of Cards" season 3 world premiere at the Empire Cinema in central London. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Robin Wright says that the cast was surprised and saddened about the sexual misconduct allegations against former "House of Cards" co-star Kevin Spacey.

Speaking in a taped interview Monday on NBC's "Today" show, Wright says she really "didn't know the man." Wright says she and Spacey only knew each other between "action and cut." She says they would giggle between scenes and he was always professional.

"Star Trek: Discovery" actor Anthony Rapp in October accused Spacey of sexual misconduct when he was 14 and Spacey was 26. Spacey tweeted his "sincerest apology" for what he labeled drunken behavior.

Spacey was fired from the Netflix series after several employees accused him of inappropriate behavior. More than 15 men have since made allegations against Spacey.

The sixth and final season of "House of Cards" airs this fall.

  • Saturday, Jul. 7, 2018
Deal for Weinstein Co. covers back pay for De Niro, Streep
This combination of two file photos shows actors Robert De Niro at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on April 19, 2017 and Meryl Streep in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, Chris Pizzello, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

An agreement reached in the sale of Harvey Weinstein's movie studio won't leave Hollywood stars like Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep holding the bag.

Lantern Capital Partners said Friday it's agreed to make payments to unsecured creditors, such as actors seeking residuals, as part of a $289 million Weinstein Co. acquisition it expects to close Friday.

A judge must approve the deal. A Wednesday hearing is scheduled in Delaware.

De Niro and Bradley Cooper say they're each owed $940,706 for "Silver Linings Playbook." Streep says she's owed $168,611 for "August: Osage County."

The Weinstein Co. filed for bankruptcy protection in March amid fallout from sexual assault allegations against Weinstein.

The movie mogul is due in court Monday for arraignment on charges alleging a sex crime against a third woman.

  • Friday, Jul. 6, 2018
U.S. English World Cup viewers drop 38% through last 16
Uruguay's Luis Suarez points during the quarterfinal match between Uruguay and France at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
MOSCOW (AP) -- 

U.S. English-language television viewers for the World Cup's round of 16 in Russia were down 27 percent from four years ago, leaving the tournament 38 percent below 2014's level.

The eight second-round matches on Fox and FS averaged 4,858,000 viewers, down from 6,696,000 four years ago on ESPN and ABC, according to Nielsen Media Research. Viewers for the round of 16 were down 4 percent from the 5,042,000 average for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, which had more comparable kickoff times to this year.

The first 56 matches of this year's tournament averaged 2,541,000 on Fox and FS1, down from the 4,083,000 average through the round of 16 in 2014 on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, and down 10 percent from the 2,836,000 average in 2010.

Ratings were expected to drop from four years ago because of earlier kickoff times and the United States missing the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

The U.S.'s second-round loss to Belgium in 2014 was viewed by 16,491,000 and its round-of-16 defeat to Ghana in 2010 was seen by 15,193,000. Excluding the U.S. matches, the second-round average this year was down 7 percent from 2014's 5,208,000 and up 55 percent from 2010's 3,133,000. Not including the U.S., the tournament average is down 22 percent from 2014's 3,238,000 and up 15 percent from 2010's 2,205,000.

Uruguay's 2-1 win over Portugal was the most-viewed round-of-16 match at an average of 6,268,000, followed by Croatia's penalty-kick victory over Denmark (6,181,000), Russia's penalty-kick win over Spain (5,515,000), France's 4-2 victory over Argentina (5,143,000), England's penalty-kick win over Colombia (4,668,000), Brazil's 2-0 victory over Mexico (4,558,000), Belgium's 3-2 win over Japan (3,773,000) and Sweden's 1-0 victory over Switzerland (1,905,000).

Figures include only television viewers and not those watching digital steams.

  • Friday, Jul. 6, 2018
Art Directors Guild names 2018 scholarship recipients
Henry Haprov (l) and Lukas Mitchell
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has selected the recipients of its annual ADG/Richard Stiles Scholarships for 2018/19. Lukas Mitchell, son of art director Jennifer Davis ADG, and Henry Haprov, son of set designer Julia Levine ADG, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship towards their academic studies.

In the fall, Mitchell will be a freshman at Northwestern University, majoring in anthropology on a pre-med track. Haprov will be a senior at UCLA, majoring in geography and environmental studies with a geographic information systems minor.

The scholarship recipients are selected based on their academic record, financial need, an essay, participation in school activities and community services.

  • Thursday, Jul. 5, 2018
Scarlett Johansson's plans to play trans man spurs backlash
In this April 23, 2018 file photo, Scarlett Johansson arrives at the world premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Scarlett Johansson's plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles.

Earlier this week, Johansson was announced to star in "Rub & Tug," a film about prostitution ring leader Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man. Since the announcement, transgender actors and advocates have criticized the production for not casting a trans actor in the role.

Johansson, who's also producing the film, further inflamed critics with a statement to the website Bustle, via her representative, that said criticism "can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment."

Tambor, Leto and Huffman are all cisgender actors who received acclaim for playing trans characters. Tambor won two Emmys for his performance on "Transparent," though he departed the show last year after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two transgender women: actress Trace Lysette and his former personal assistant, Van Barnes. Leto won an Oscar for his performance in 2013's "Dallas Buyers Club." Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for the 2005 film "Transamerica."

Lysette was among those who disapproved of Johansson's intentions. On Twitter, she wrote: "So you can continue to play us but we can't play y'all?"

"Not only do you play us and steal our narrative and our opportunity but you pat yourselves on the back with trophies and accolades for mimicking what we have lived," wrote Lysette.

Jamie Clayton, a transgender actress who stars in Netflix's "Sense8," dared Johansson and the filmmakers to cast trans actors in non-trans parts.

"Actors who are trans never even get to audition for anything other than roles of trans characters," Clayton said in an all-caps tweet. "That's the real issue. We can't even get in the room."

Representatives for Johansson didn't respond to messages for comment.

Johansson has come under fire before for playing a role that prompted some outrage. In last year's "Ghost in the Shell," she played the robot character known in Masamune Shirow's original manga series as Motoko Kusanagi.

Critics called it another example of Hollywood's long history of whitewashing Asian characters with Caucasian actors. Mamoru Oshii, director of the original anime adaptation of "Ghost in the Shell," defended the casting because Johansson's role was a cyborg with no fixed race.

Rupert Sanders, who directed "Ghost in the Shell," is set to helm "Rub & Tug."

  • Wednesday, Jul. 4, 2018
Miles Teller to play Goose's son in "Top Gun" sequel
In an Oct. 25, 2017 file photo, actor Miles Teller attends a special screening of "Thank You for Your Service" at The Landmark at 57 West in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Miles Teller has been cast as the son of Goose in the long-planned sequel to "Top Gun."

Teller was announced Tuesday as the co-star opposite Tom Cruise in "Top Gun: Maverick." He'll be playing the son the of Maverick's wingman. Goose was played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 original.

The film, which will also returns Val Kilmer as Iceman, is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures in July 2019. Directing is Joe Kosinski, who helmed "Oblivion," also with Cruise.

Actors Glen Powell and Nicholas Hoult had been up for the much sought-after part, but Teller won out.

The 31-year-old actor celebrated on Twitter with the first half of a famous quote from "Top Gun": "I feel the need..."

  • Monday, Jul. 2, 2018
Report: Federal Facebook probe now includes FBI, SEC
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

A federal probe into Facebook's sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported.

Representatives from these agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commission in the inquiry, the newspaper reported, citing five unnamed people familiar with the matter. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because the probes are not complete.

The probe reportedly centers on what Facebook knew in 2015, when it learned that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users. Facebook didn't disclose the incident with the political firm, which later worked for the Trump campaign and other Republican candidates, until this March.

The Post said the probe will look at why Facebook didn't inform users or investors earlier. Investigators are examining actions and statements of the company and its executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to the report.

Facebook confirmed to The Associated Press that it has received questions from these agencies and said it is cooperating with the inquiry.

Representatives from the FBI and Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. An SEC spokesperson declined to comment. The FTC said in March it was looking into whether Facebook engaged in unfair acts that hurt consumers, and which might have violated a consent decree it reached with the FTC in 2011.

Facebook shares fell 1.2 percent in after-hours trading following the report Monday, after rising 1.6 percent in the regular session.

  • Monday, Jul. 2, 2018
Miniseries highlights stories behind Tennessee brands
In this Dec. 5, 2011, file photo, bottles of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey line the shelves of a liquor outlet in Montpelier, Vt. A miniseries that airs beginning July 11, 2018, highlights the personal stories behind six iconic Tennessee brands, including Jack Daniel's. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- 

A miniseries that airs beginning this month highlights the personal stories behind six iconic Tennessee brands.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says the companies featured in the series include Jack Daniel's, Lodge Cast Iron, St. Blues Guitars, United Record Pressing, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing and Prophetik Haute Couture.

The miniseries "Remastered" was shot and produced last year. It includes appearances by John Rich of country music duo Big & Rich; Laura Daily, chief merchant for Cracker Barrel; Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show; and Hunter Lewis, editor in chief of Food & Wine magazine.

The first episode is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. CDT July 11 on RFD-TV. New episodes will air on Wednesdays.

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