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  • Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018
Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay to serve on the Cannes Film Fest jury
In this March 24, 2018, file photo, Ava DuVernay attends the 35th Annual Paleyfest "Queen Sugar" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Kristen Stewart and Ava DuVernay will serve on the Cannes Film Festival jury that will choose this year's Palme d'Or winner, the French festival announced Wednesday.

The French film festival Wednesday announced the jury that will serve under Cate Blanchett. Also joining them are filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, French actress Lea Seydoux, Chinese actor Chang Chen, French director Robert Guediguian, Burundian singer Khadja Nin and Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Thierry Fremaux, the festival's artistic director, recently said that Cannes is paying more attention to "the gender ratio" on selection committees. Blanchett's jury will feature five women and four men. Some have criticized Cannes for not selecting more films directed by women. This year, there are three movies by female filmmakers in competition for the Palme.

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival runs May 8 through May 19.

  • Wednesday, Apr. 18, 2018
Facebook is introducing more privacy safeguards to users in Europe 
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Facebook is enhancing privacy safeguards for users around the world as it complies with new European rules designed to make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.

Facebook is introducing the new policies this week in Europe, but eventually everyone on the social network will be asked to decide whether they want to enable features like facial recognition and some types of targeted advertising, the company said in a blog post.

"Everyone - no matter where they live - will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook," the company said in a blog post. "We'll begin by rolling these choices out in Europe this week."

The announcement comes as Facebook struggles with the fallout from revelations that a data analytics firm misused personal information from as many as 87 million Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The European Union next month will begin enforcing its new General Data Protection Regulation, which explicitly applies to any company that uses the data of EU residents, no matter where it is based.

The privacy law is the latest attempt by EU regulators to rein in mostly American tech giants who they blame for avoiding tax, stifling competition and encroaching on digital privacy rights. The EU says the rules are the most important change in data privacy regulation in a generation as it tries to catch up with technological advances since 1995, when the last comprehensive rules were approved.

The EU rules require consent forms to be written in plain language anyone can understand, as the EU targets the legalese buried in pages of terms and conditions that few users actually read before clicking "I Agree." The regulations also require that consent must be as easy to withdraw as it is to give.

As part of the changes, Facebook users in Europe and Canada will for the first time be able to opt into the network's facial recognition technology, which has been available in most other parts of the world for the past six years, the company said.

Users will also be asked whether they want to allow Facebook to use data from partners such as apps and websites to tailor the ads they see, and whether they want to share political, religious or relationship information from their profiles.

"We not only want to comply with the law, but also go beyond our obligations to build new and improved privacy experiences for everyone on Facebook," the company said.

Meanwhile, the European Parliament renewed its call for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify about the data privacy scandal, after Zuckerberg offered to send a subordinate in his place.

In a letter to Zuckerberg on Wednesday, the EU assembly's president, Antonio Tajani, said that Europeans hit by the "scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook's top manager."

  • Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018
Steven Spielberg taking on DC Universe film "Blackhawk"
In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Steven Spielberg arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Steven Spielberg is flying into the DC Universe with the World War II action adventure "Blackhawk."

Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich says Tuesday that the legendary filmmaker will produce and may direct the film for the studio.

The "Blackhawk" series started in 1941 and follows a group of ace WWII-era pilots as they fight evils, including the Axis powers.

"Jurassic Park" and "War of the Worlds" screenwriter David Koepp is writing the script.

Spielberg recently collaborated with Warner Bros. on the futuristic adventure "Ready Player One" which has made over $476 million worldwide.

The Oscar-winning director has a few projects on his plate first, however, including the fifth "Indiana Jones" and "West Side Story."

No release date has been set for "Blackhawk."

  • Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018
DiCaprio to present Scorsese with Robert Osborne Award at TCM Film Festival
In this Dec. 9, 2013 file photo, Leonardo Di Caprio, left, and director Martin Scorsese arrive for the screening of their film, "The Wolf of Wall Street", in Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Leonardo DiCaprio will present his friend and collaborator Martin Scorsese with the inaugural Robert Osborne Award for his contributions in keeping classic film relevant.

Turner Classic Movies says Tuesday that DiCaprio will present the award on the opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 26 in Hollywood at the TCL Chinese Theater.

DiCaprio has starred in five of Scorsese's films starting with "Gangs of New York" in 2002. Their other collaborations include "The Departed," ''The Aviator," ''Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

The TCM Classic Film Festival is now in its ninth year. The event kicks off with the Robert Osborne Award presentation followed by a special screening of "The Producers," which Mel Brooks will be on hand to introduce.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018
MTV's Video Music Awards are heading back to New York
On Tuesday, April 17, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment commissioner Julie Menin, center, Darren Pfeffer, EVP of MSG live, left, and Bruce Gillmer, global head of music/talent MTV International announce the MTV VMAs' return to New York City outside Radio City Music Hall. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

After spending a year in California, the MTV Video Music Awards are coming back to the East Coast.

The network announced Tuesday that the 2018 VMAs will be held Aug. 20 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Last year's ceremony was held in Inglewood, California, and the year before it was at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Radio City Music Hall was the home of the inaugural VMAs in 1984.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018
Police: Suspect argued with men before fatal LA studio fire
Los Angeles firefighrers knock down hot spots on the roof of a music studio in Los Angeles Saturday, April 14, 2018. Officials says two people were killed and at least three others were hurt when flames ripped through the studio. Fire spokeswoman Amy Bastman says crews found heavy smoke when they responded shortly before 7 a.m. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Investigators believe a Los Angeles man had argued with two men hours before he spread gasoline inside a music studio and set it ablaze, killing them and leaving two other people critically injured, police said Monday.

Efrem Demery, 28, was arrested on suspicion of murder after Saturday's fire at the Top Notch Recording Studio, Los Angeles police Capt. William Hayes said.

Investigators are still working to pin down a motive but believe Demery had been hanging out with two of the victims, 28-year-old Devaughn Carter and 30-year-old Michael Pollard, when an argument broke out, Hayes said.

Several hours later, Demery was caught on surveillance video at a gas station across the street from the recording studio, police said. Detectives suspect Demery filled a container with gasoline then walked inside the recording studio, pouring gasoline around one of the rooms before lighting it on fire, Hayes said.

Carter and Pollard, who police said were the "intended targets," died. Two other people — a man in his 20s and a 15-year-old girl — were injured and remained in critical condition on Monday, police said.

The fatal fire was a "senseless and horrific crime," Chief of Detectives Justin Eisenberg said at a news conference.

Los Angeles Fire Department arson investigators have not yet determined whether the building was in compliance with building codes or whether there were working smoke alarms, officials said.

"The direct nature of going after these individuals is obviously very heinous," Hayes said. "Arson is a brutal crime and a terrible way to die."

Demery, who has prior arrests for burglary and selling counterfeit goods, was being held without bail. A telephone number listed for him in public records rang unanswered Monday afternoon.
 

  • Monday, Apr. 16, 2018
Finalists unveiled for New York Festivals World's Best Advertising Awards
Michael Demetriades, president, New York Festivals
NEW YORK -- 

New York Festivals International Advertising Awards® announced this year’s finalists from entries submitted from 51 countries for the following competitions: Activation & Engagement, Audio, Avant-Garde/Innovative, Branded Entertainment, Creative Marketing Effectiveness, Design, Digital, Direct & Collateral, Film, Film Craft, Integrated, Media, Mobile, Outdoor, Package & Product Design, Print, Public & Media Relations, Public Service Announcements, Sports, and Student. 

“This year’s finalists, selected by the Grand Jury, reflect the leading-edge campaigns created by agencies around the globe,” said Michael Demetriades, president, New York Festivals. “NYF’s executive jury, comprised of some of the world’s most award-winning creatives, will thoughtfully review all creative entries to determine which will earn trophies and deserve the title of World’s Best Advertising.”

For 2018 NYF added Sports to their powerhouse competition roster honoring all facets of advertising, marketing, sponsorships, and creative communications on all platforms in the sports industry sphere, to view the Sports finalists and complete list of 2018 finalists, click here.

The 2018 Grand Jury comprised of 400+ creative directors, executive creative directors and worldwide chief creative officers from 57 countries determined the finalists through online judging sessions and a live collateral judging session.

All finalist entries will progress to the live judging round with the 2018 Executive Jury. This elite group of global chief creative officers and C-suite creative leaders will convene in New York City April 19-23 to judge all mediums through five rounds of judging and select the World’s Best Advertising® Third Prize, Second Prize, First Prize, Grand Prize Award and Best of Show award-winning entries. All Film Craft finalists will be judged on Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22 by the second annual Film Craft executive jury, comprised of respected film industry experts dedicated to the quality and aesthetics of the filmmaking process. All trophy winners will be announced live at the New York Show.

New York Festivals recognizes exceptional contributions by individuals and companies within the international advertising community. In addition to Best of Show, Global Brand of the Year, Global Agency Network of the Year, Regional Agency of the Year, and Best New Agency of the Year, special awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award, Boutique Agency of the Year, Independent Agency of the Year, and Best Commercial Film Director.

The 2018 New York Show will take place on May 17. The annual awards ceremony and gala will be held that evening at the world-class performance space, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in NYC. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by the awards ceremony. A celebratory after-party will be held to toast all the winners of the World’s Best Advertising.

  • Monday, Apr. 16, 2018
Union Entertainment Group's "Arctic" and "Home Shopper" to screen at Cannes Film Festival
A scene from "Arctic" starring Mads Mikkelsen
LOS ANGELES -- 

Union Entertainment Group will have two films screening at this year’s Festival de Cannes: Arctic, the feature film directed by Joe Pena and starring Mads Mikkelsen, will be part of the Midnight Screening section, while Home Shopper, a short directed by Oscar nominee Dev Patel and starring Sophie Kargman, Thomas Sadoski and Armie Hammer--which was nominated for the Grand Jury Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival--will be included in the Cannes Festival Corner.

Arctic was produced by Noah C Haeussner of Union Entertainment Group, Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Armory Films, and executive produced by Martha De Laurentiis, who last worked with Mikkelsen on the Hannibal TV series, and Union partner/editor Einar Thorsteinsson. The story surrounds a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.   

Directed by Patel and written by Ryan Farhoudi, Home Shopper follows a woman (Kargman) in a loveless marriage, who finds solace in the hypnotic escape of the home shopping channel. When things take an unexpected turn with her husband (Sadoski), the channel proves to be her saving grace...or was it the problem all along? The film was co-produced by Union Entertainment Group. UEG’s head of production Haeussner and its president, Michael Raimondi, are co-producers on the film, for which Union Editorial handled postproduction. Home Shopper was edited by Nicholas Wayman-Harris and mixed by Milos Zivkovic, with color by Carolyn Woods. The post supervisor was Logan Aries. 

UEG’s next two films will delve into the heart of Ireland, tackling complex true stories set within a unique time period in that country’s history.

The Festival de Cannes runs May 8-18, 2018.

  • Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018
"Full Metal Jacket" actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74
In this June 15, 2014, file photo, actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey meets with fans during an appearance at the new Field & Stream store in Millcreek Township, west of Erie, Pa. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74.

The Kanas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in "Full Metal Jacket," in which he immortalized lines such as: "What is your major malfunction?"

His co-stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio tweeted their condolences Sunday evening.

"#SemperFidelis Always faithful. Always loyal. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light," Modine wrote, quoting the Dylan Thomas poem. "RIP amigo. PVT. Joker."

Vincent D'Onofrio added: "Ermey was the real deal. The knowledge of him passing brings back wonderful memories of our time together."

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in 1944, Ermey served 11 years in the Marine Corps and spent 14 months in Vietnam and then in Okinawa, Japan, where he became staff sergeant. His first film credit was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now," which was quickly followed by a part in "The Boys in Company C" as a drill instructor.

He raked in more than 60 credits in film and television across his long career in the industry, often playing authority figures in everything from "Se7en" to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake.

The part he would become most well-known for, in "Full Metal Jacket," wasn't even originally his. Ermey had been brought on as a technical consultant for the 1987 film, but he had his eyes on the role of the brutal gunnery sergeant and filmed his own audition tape of him yelling out insults while tennis balls flew at him. An impressed Kubrick gave him the role.

Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50 percent of Ermey's dialogue in the film was his own.

"In the course of hiring the marine recruits, we interviewed hundreds of guys. We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor. They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults," Kubrick said.

According to Kubrick, Ermey also had a terrible car accident one night in the middle of production and was out for four and half months with broken ribs.

Ermey would also go on to voice the little green army man Sarge in the "Toy Story" films. He also played track and field coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in "Prefontaine," General Kramer in "Toy Soldiers" and Mayor Tilman in "Mississippi Burning."

Ermey also hosted the History Channel series "Mail Call" and "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey" and was a board member for the National Rifle Association, as well as a spokesman for Glock.

"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin said. "It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for."

Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve.

  • Friday, Apr. 13, 2018
"This Is Us," "Master of None" receive GLAAD Media Awards
Denis O'Hare accepts the award for outstanding drama series for "This Is us" at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.(AP) -- 

"This Is Us" has been named outstanding television drama at the GLAAD Media Awards at a ceremony that also honored Britney Spears.

The 29th annual ceremony held Thursday at the Beverly Hilton also recognized "Master of None" for an episode in which Lena Waithe's character comes out to her family.

Halle Berry presented Waithe with the honor, and the actresses embraced onstage before Waithe delivered her acceptance speech.

Spears received the group's Vanguard Award, which was presented by Ricky Martin.

The Chilean film "A Fantastic Woman" won for outstanding limited release film.

The GLAAD Media Awards bestows awards for projects that provide "fair, accurate and multi-dimensional" depictions of LGBTQ characters. Its awards are split between two ceremonies. Several additional awards will be presented in New York on May 5.