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  • Monday, Mar. 9, 2020
In this June 7, 2019, file photo, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey leaves after his talk with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Twitter said Monday, March 9, 2020, it's reached an investment deal with Silver Lake and Elliott Management that will keep Dorsey as the social media company's CEO. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

Twitter says it's reached an investment deal with Silver Lake and Elliott Management that will keep Jack Dorsey as the social media company's CEO.

Twitter Inc. said Monday that Silver Lake will make a $1 billion investment in the company. That money, along with cash on hand, is expected to be put toward a $2 billion stock buyback.

Elliott Management Corp., which owns about 4% of Twitter's stock, will get one seat on Twitter's board. Silver Lake will also get a board seat.

Prior media reports had suggested Elliott was planning to nominate four people to Twitter's board and oust Dorsey.

But the new agreement makes it seem likely he will stay. Twitter has lagged behind businesses like Facebook and Google in terms of user growth and advertising revenue. CEO Dorsey left the company to start payments company Square Inc., but returned in 2015. Now he splits his time between Square and Twitter. 

Last week the company said it More

  • Saturday, Mar. 7, 2020
Actor Jussie Smollett appears in a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Feb. 24, 2020, where he plead not guilty to restored charges that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and falsely reporting it to police. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
CHICAGO (AP) -- 

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday refused to throw out charges against former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett that accuse him of staging a racist, homophobic attack against himself and rejected his effort to remove the special prosecutor in the case. 

Smollett's lawyers argued in an emergency petition that Cook County Circuit Judge Michael Toomin overstepped his authority and misinterpreted the law when he ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor. The court did not explain its decision to reject the arguments by Smollett's lawyers.

Smollett. 37, was initially accused by Cook County prosecutors of falsely reporting to police that the alleged phony attack was real. Sixteen counts of disorderly conduct originally filed against him were dismissed and Toomin found Smollett's first prosecution was invalid. 

After another investigation by special prosecutor Dan Webb, six counts of the same charges we filed against Smollett, to More

  • Wednesday, Mar. 4, 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 pushed back several months because of global concerns about coronavirus. MGM, Universal and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on Twitter Wednesday that the film would be pushed back from its April release to November 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn/File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The release of the James Bond film "No Time To Die" has been pushed back several months because of global concerns about coronavirus. 

MGM, Universal and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on Twitter Wednesday that the film would be pushed back from its April release to November 2020. 

The announcement cited consideration of the global theatrical marketplace in the decision to delay the release of the film. "No Time To Die" will now hit theaters in the U.K. on Nov. 12 and worldwide on Nov. 25. 

The Bond films make a significant portion of their profits from international markets. The last film, "Spectre," made over $679 million from overseas theaters in 2015 with over $84 million of that total coming from China. 

Concerns had already been brewing around the imminent release and the global outbreak. Publicity plans in China, Japan and South Korea had previously been canceled. And on Monday, the popular More

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 2020
This June 14, 2007 file photo shows James Lipton with the Lifetime Achievement Awards from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Lipton died Monday, March 2, 2020, of bladder cancer at his New York home. He was 93. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

James Lipton, longtime host of "Inside the Actors Studio," died Monday, his wife said. 

Lipton died of bladder cancer at his New York home, his wife, Kedakai Lipton, told the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter. He was 93. 

Lipton interviewed hundreds of master actors and Hollywood luminaries for nearly 25 years on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio." 

The Detroit-born Lipton was an actor-turned-academic who became an unlikely talk show host and celebrity when he began the show in 1994 that also served as a class for his students at the Actors Studio, where he was dean. 

His first guest was Paul Newman, and future guests would include Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Glenn Close, Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand. 

Lipton said his favorite guest on the show was Bradley Cooper, because he was a former student. 

"The night that one of my students has achieved so much that he or she comes back and sits down More

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 2020
Grads from the Producers Guild's 2019 Power of Diversity Master Workshop
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is now accepting applications for its 16th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. The workshop is designed to help aspiring and seasoned producers bring their diverse perspectives to television, film, documentary and digital media. Many of the nearly 200 alumni have used the program as a launchpad to even greater success in the industry. 

The workshop provides participants with master classes headlined by today’s top producers, as well as one-on-one mentoring with members of the Producers Guild Diversity Committee. Sessions are tailored to the participants and their individual projects  and include a broad range of topics such as story, development, pitching, packaging, financing, marketing, multiplatform distribution and new media opportunities.

For this highly selective program, only 10 projects per year are chosen out of a worldwide applicant pool. Non-PGA members are encouraged to apply. The More

  • Monday, Mar. 2, 2020
This file photo combo shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. AT&T is launching a new internet-delivered TV service Monday as it struggles with a shrinking DirecTV satellite business. The new service, AT&T TV, will have the same channels offered on DirecTV, but it'll come over the internet rather than a satellite dish. AT&T has been testing the service in about a dozen markets and is now making it available to anyone. (AP Photo/File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

AT&T is launching a new internet-delivered TV service Monday as it struggles with a shrinking DirecTV satellite business.

The new service, AT&T TV, will have most of the same channels offered on DirecTV, but it'll come over the internet rather than a satellite dish. AT&T has been testing the service in 13 markets and is now making it available to anyone. 

AT&T will send subscribers an Android streaming-TV box to use the service. The free device will also come with Netflix and other streaming apps, the way Comcast's X1 cable box does. Additional boxes cost $120.

The channel lineups and prices are comparable with what's available from DirecTV, but AT&T TV doesn't have NFL Sunday Ticket, a package of out-of-market football games.

The company is trying to adapt to the shift to streaming video, as subscribers to traditional cable and satellite TV services fall. In May, it's launching HBO Max, a $15-a-month More

  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Hilary Duff attends the Disney+ press line at the 2019 D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. Duff is asking Disney to find a TV home that’s more appropriate to the grown-up “Lizzie McGuire.” In an Instagram post on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, the actress who’s reprising the title character for Disney Plus said the streaming service isn’t the best fit and suggested Hulu instead. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Hilary Duff is asking Disney to find a TV home that's more appropriate to the grown-up "Lizzie McGuire."

In an Instagram post, the actress who's reprising the title character for Disney Plus, said the streaming service isn't the best fit, suggesting Hulu instead. The original series, about a girl whose thoughts are expressed by her animated doppelganger, aired from 2001 to 2004 on the Disney Channel.

"Was incredibly excited to launch 'Lizzie' on D+ and my passion remains," Duff said in her post Friday. "However, I feel a huge responsibility to honor the fans' relationship with Lizzie who, like me, grew up seeing themselves in her. I'd be doing a disservice to everyone by limiting the realities of a 30-year-old's journey to live under the ceiling of a PG rating."

The original series was an authentic portrayal of Lizzie as a preteen and teenager, Duff said, and her next chapters should be "as real and relatable."

Production on More

  • Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
Vineet Mehra
LONDON/NEW YORK -- 

Effie Worldwide, the marketing industry’s leading effectiveness organization and organizer of the Effie Awards, has launched the inaugural Global Best of the Best Effie Awards, crowning the world’s most effective marketing efforts.  

The 2020 Global Best of the Best Effie Awards is open to all 2019 Gold & Grand Effie winners from Effie’s regional and national programs. These previous winners now have the opportunity to compete at a global level, honoring ’the best of the best’ in marketing effectiveness worldwide including the ultimate recognition--the Global Grand Effie Award.

Two rounds of rigorous judging will determine finalists and winners in 20+ entry categories from Automotive to Finance and Data-Driven to Positive Change. A Grand Jury will then convene to select one supreme winner of the Global Grand Effie Award.

Entries will be judged by a jury comprised of leading marketers from the world’s brightest and best agencies More

  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
This image released by CBS shows host Phil Keoghan in a scene from last season's competition series "The Amazing Race." CBS said in a statement Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, that it had temporarily suspended production on the show’s 33rd season as a precaution due to the virus outbreak affecting several countries. (CBS via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The globe-trotting reality series "The Amazing Race" is taking a breather as a precaution due to the virus outbreak affecting several countries.

CBS said in a statement Friday that it had temporarily suspended production and was sending contestants and crew members home as a precautionary measure. Filming on the show's 33rd season was in its early stages.

"At this time, no racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted the virus, or shown symptoms, and we are not aware of anyone being exposed to it," a network spokesperson said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, everyone involved in the show will continue to be monitored when they return home."

Nearly 60 nations have reported cases of coronavirus, including China where the current outbreak emerged. China has the majority of confirmed cases and has reported more than 2,700 deaths.

In Asia, attractions including Tokyo Disneyland and More

  • Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
This image released by NBC shows America Ferrera as Amy in a scene from the comedy series "Superstore." Ferrera says she’s departing the NBC sitcom after its current season. The season five finale will air on April 18 at 8 p.m. EST. (Ron Batzdorff/NBC via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Superstore" is losing its manager — star America Ferrera says she's departing the NBC sitcom after its current season.

Ferrera plays the manager of a big box store in the show, which has already been renewed for a sixth season. The actress also serves as an executive producer on the series and has directed several episodes.

"The last five years on 'Superstore' have been some of the most rewarding, enriching and enjoyable years of my career," Ferrera said in a statement Friday.

The actress became the first Latina actress to win the top comedy actress Emmy Award for her the title role in the series "Ugly Betty" in 2007. 

She announced on New Year's Eve that she is expecting her second child.

"As I start the next chapter for my family and career, I wish only the best, and much continued success, to my beloved 'Superstore' family," Ferrera said in her statement.

The season five finale will air on April 18 at 8 p.m More

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