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  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself last year in downtown Chicago.

The indictment came from a special prosecutor who was appointed after Cook County prosecutors dropped the same charges last March.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said in a statement that Smollett faces six counts of disorderly conduct, charges that stem from four separate false reports that he gave to police in which he contended he was a victim of a hate crime "knowing that he was not the victim of a crime."

Smollett, who is black and gay, was originally charged with disorderly conduct last February for allegedly staging the attack and lying about it to investigators. The allegations were dropped the following month with little explanation, angering police officials and then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Tina Glandian, Smollett's attorney, did not More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
The A Team’s (l-r) Ben Frank, Nikki Coloma-Blaszyk, Marni Wagner and Luis Martinez

Award-winning creatives Nikki Coloma-Blaszyk, Ben Frank, Marni Wagner and Luis Martinez have come together to launch The A Team: a creative (co)lab, a full-scale agency serving television networks, streamers and consumer brands. 

These four partners previously worked together for over a decade at 2C Creative where the team earned industry accolades from Clio, Promax and other competitions for their projects serving such clients as Hulu, CNN, ABC, NatGeo and the NFL Network, among many others.

Coloma-Blaszyk draws on her extensive background in operations to lead the business enterprise while Frank, Wagner and Martinez lead the creative side of their company. The A Team offers wide-ranging capabilities from conceptual prowess to prolific writing, top-tier editorial to innovative design.

The foundation for the new venture is rooted in the founding partners’ motto: “Here, there is no B team,” meaning that from concept to completion, More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
In this Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, the entrance to the Universal Studios lot is pictured in Universal City, Calif. A film built around the premise of liberal “elites” hunting people for sport in red states is coming to theaters in March, and the studio behind it is leaning into controversy about its premise. Universal Pictures on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, unveiled a trailer announcing “The Hunt” will be released March 13, roughly six months after it was supposed to have been released. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Universal Pictures said Tuesday that it will release the social satire "The Hunt," a film it canceled in the wake of criticism about its premise of "elites" hunting people for sport in red states. 

A trailer announcing the film's March 13  release date presents the "elites" hunting regular people as a conspiracy theory. Star Hilary Swank says at one point that "it wasn't real" amid images of shootings, explosions and other violence. 

The trailer includes the line, "The most talked about movie of the year is one nobody's seen yet."

In August, Universal Pictures canceled a September release for "The Hunt" after criticism, including from President Donald Trump. The president, without mentioning the film by name, said it was intended "to inflame and cause chaos." 

The cancellation came after the studio had already paused the ad campaign for the R-rated film in the wake of mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California.

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  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
James Corden (l) and Rebel Wilson present the award for best visual effects at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

It was inevitable that somebody on Oscars night would make fun of Cats, a critically panned movie which performed dismally at the box office. Decked out in full Cats costumes, James Corden and Rebel Wilson did just that in presenting the Academy Award for Outstanding Visual Effects. But their attempted humor cited the visual effects as contributing to Cats failure, eliciting pushback from the Visual Effects Society (VES).

On stage, Wilson said, "As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of...”

“Good visual effects,” Wilson and Corden uttered in unison.

In response to the Sunday night bit, the Visual Effects Society (VES) issued the following statement today:

“The Visual Effects Society is focused on recognizing, advancing and honoring visual effects as an art form--and ensuring that the men and women working in VFX are properly valued.

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
Oscar statues stand outside Hollywood Boulevard in preparation for Sunday's 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

ABC's telecast of the Academy Awards hit an all-time low in the ratings, with 23.6 million people tuning in to see "Parasite" named best picture.

The Nielsen company says that's down from the 29.6 million people who watched the show last year. The previous low for the Oscars came in 2018, when 26.5 million people watched.

The Oscars moved up its telecast a couple of weeks earlier than it has usually been, but that clearly didn't entice viewers.

Up until the last few years, Academy Awards viewership has generally stood between 35 and 45 million people, according to Nielsen.

  • Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
Tom Hanks arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. He would later announce during the awards ceremony that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on Dec. 14, 2020. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

During tonight’s (2/9) 92nd Academy Awards® ceremony, Tom Hanks announced to the audience in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and to millions of broadcast viewers around the world, that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open to the public on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Hanks made the announcement in his capacity as museum trustee and co-chair of the Academy Museum campaign, along with co-chair Annette Bening and chair Bob Iger.

Academy Museum director Bill Kramer said, “We cannot wait to welcome the whole world to the Academy Museum. When our doors open on December 14, our thrilling combination of exhibitions, screenings, and public and educational programs will create unparalleled experiences for movie lovers everywhere.”

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said, “The dream of this museum will finally become a reality — a gathering place for filmmakers and movie fans from around the world, where we can share the Oscars legacy and More

  • Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020
Luciano Benetton, left, and photographer Oliviero Toscani are shown in this Sept. 29, 1998 file photo. Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative photographs for Benetton, the Italian makers of colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship was severed this week after Toscani made a remark that outraged the family members of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge collapse. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno/FILES)
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Photographer Oliviero Toscani made a career out of provocative advertising campaigns for Benetton, the Italian clothing brand famed for its colorful knitwear. But that decades-long relationship has been severed after Toscani outraged relatives of victims in the deadly 2018 Genoa bridge collapse. 

Toscani told RAI television this week, ''who cares about a bridge collapse?" He was responding to a public flap over a photograph of founding members of the Sardines political protest movement alongside key members of the Benetton family, which controls the company that maintained the bridge.

The president of the committee to remember the 43 people who died Aug. 14, 2018 in the Morandi Bridge collapse called the remarks "inopportune and confused."

''It could be that (Toscani) travels by helicopter, and using a bridge is for commoners,'' Egle Possetti said. ''Unfortunately, many Italians travel over bridges every day, and unfortunately some More

  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
In this file photo dated Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, actor and comedian Orson Bean and Alley Mills arrive at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, USA. According to a statement from the Police in Los Angeles Saturday Feb. 8, 2020, Orson Bean was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles. Bean was 91. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, FILE)

Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian, was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed Bean's Friday night death, saying it was being investigated as a "traffic-related" fatality. The coroner's office provided the location where Bean was found, which matched reports from local news outlets.

A man was walking in the Venice neighborhood when he was clipped by a vehicle and fell, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling initially told local stations. A second driver then struck him in what police say was the fatal collision. Both drivers remained on the scene. Police were investigating and didn't identify the pedestrian to local outlets, which named Bean based on eyewitness accounts.

Bean enlivened such TV game shows as "To Tell the Truth" and played a crotchety merchant on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." 

He appeared in a number of films — More

  • Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
In this Feb. 8, 2018, file photo, the logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Twitter reports earnings Thursday, Oct. 25. Twitter reported Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 that its fourth-quarter net earnings fell to $119 million from $255 million in the same period a year earlier but the number of daily users rose. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Shares in Twitter jumped Thursday after the social media company said revenue and user numbers exceeded forecasts in the latest quarter, though profit fell as expenses rose.

The San Francisco-based tech company said that fourth-quarter net income  fell 53% to $119 million, or 15 cents per share. That's down from $255 million, or 33 cents, in the same period a year earlier.

Twitter had revenue of $1.01 billion during the quarter, a 11% increase and the first time revenue surpassed $1 billion.

Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal called it a "new milestone" for revenue. He said performance was solid in most of the world, with particularly strong advertising revenue in the U.S.

The company averaged 152 million daily users during the last three months of the year, up from 145 million during the previous quarter.

While the net income figure was below analyst forecasts for $231 million, other figures cheered investors, sending More

  • Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that profit fell 23% in its latest quarter to $2.13 billion as it absorbed losses, and a big revenue boost, from its new streaming service, Disney Plus. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Disney said its Disney Plus streaming service reached nearly 29 million paid subscribers in less than three months, an impressive start for what the company has positioned as its future as more people drop cable subscriptions.

But as expected, starting up a new service comes with huge expenses, contributing to a 23% profit decline for the company in the latest quarter.

Disney Plus launched in November to compete with online video services like Netflix. Disney had 26.5 million Disney Plus subscribers as of Dec. 28, the end of its fiscal first quarter. That grew to 28.6 million as of Monday, well on the way to Disney's target of 60 million to 90 million worldwide by 2024. 

Original series on Disney Plus include the "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian." One of the hit characters from the show resembles a baby version of Yoda. Disney CEO Bob Iger told analysts Tuesday that "Baby Yoda" consumer products will go on sale in the coming More

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