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  • Tuesday, May. 4, 2021
John Velazquez riding Medina Spirit, third from right, leads the field as they round the fourth turn to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Two sporting events last week — the Kentucky Derby and first round of the NFL draft — pulled in more television viewers than the Oscars, something inconceivable only a couple of years ago.

The Nielsen company said 14.5 million people watched Medina Spirit win the Derby on Saturday, and all the surrounding hoopla of the event, on NBC. The draft's opening, televised on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network, reached 12.6 million people combined.

Less than two weeks earlier the Academy Awards, once one of the most-watched events of the year, barely topped 10 million viewers.

NBC Sports couldn't resist tweeting out over the weekend that the Derby was watched by more people than any entertainment awards show this cycle. The event also added to the legend of NBC statistics maven Steve Kornacki, the only one on the network to correctly predict the winner.

The Derby's audience beat last year's event, seen by only 9.4 million people because it More

  • Tuesday, May. 4, 2021
Bill Romeo
LOS ANGELES -- 

Streamland Media has completed the acquisition of Technicolor Post and integrated its services into Streamland’s picture, VFX, sound and marketing divisions. The acquisition brings new artists, technical experts, and strategic locations to Streamland, solidifying the company’s commitment to support a global network of award-winning talent in service to postproduction.

“We have one clear vision--to build our global network providing best-in-class services with passionate individuals who are dedicated to creative excellence,” said Streamland CEO Bill Romeo. “We are excited to provide our clients with this expanded pool of top-tier talent, innovative technology and additional sites in Toronto and Atlanta.”

Streamland’s executive leadership team includes Sherri Potter, Robert Rosenthal and Jake Torem.

Potter will oversee the company’s worldwide picture and VFX services which include Picture Shop, The Farm and Ghost VFX brands. She will More

  • Monday, May. 3, 2021
In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Kevin Spacey arrives at the 71st annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York. A man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed anonymously in court, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the man proceed only as “C.D.” in a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court and later moved to federal court. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A man accusing Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexually abusing him in the 1980s when he was 14 cannot proceed anonymously in court, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan refused to let the man proceed only as "C.D." in a lawsuit filed in September in New York state court and later moved to federal court.

The man had met Spacey in the actor's suburban New York acting class before the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuit which seeks over $40 million in damages.

Kaplan said C.D.'s privacy interest does not outweigh the presumption of open judicial proceedings and the prejudice to Spacey's defense that would occur if he could proceed anonymously. Individuals with information that might support Spacey also would not know to come forward, the judge added.

C.D. since the 1990s had spoken to an unknown number of people about his claims against Spacey and had apparently cooperated for a New More

  • Monday, May. 3, 2021
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
LOS ANGELES -- 

The American Film Institute (AFI) has a newly formed AFI Alumni Council, an advisory group of AFI alumni that will guide career development and community engagement for AFI alumni and provide leadership to galvanize AFI filmmakers across the industry to work together to affect change. The establishment of the Alumni Council is yet another step in improving the post-graduate experience for AFI alumni by the recently funded Lawrence Herbert Alumni Center (LHAC).

“We are so grateful for the extraordinary vision, commitment and sense of pride that this group of Alumni have for their fellow AFI filmmakers and the future of the art form,” said Susan Ruskin, dean, AFI Conservatory and executive VP of AFI. “We look forward to the impact that their advocacy will certainly have on our alumni community.”

The founding AFI Alumni Council members are: Marshall Herskovitz (chair, AFI class of 1975, Blood Diamond, Traffic), Deniese Davis (AFI More

  • Monday, May. 3, 2021
The Yahoo logo is displayed outside of offices in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Monday, April 18, 2011, file photo. Verizon is selling the segment of its business that includes Yahoo and AOL to private equity firm Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal. Verizon said Monday, May 3, 2021, that it will keep a 10% stake in the new company, which will be called Yahoo. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

AOL and Yahoo are being sold again, this time to a private equity firm. 

Wireless company Verizon will sell Verizon Media, which consists of the once-pioneering tech platforms, to Apollo Global Management in a $5 billion deal.

Verizon said Monday that it will keep a 10% stake in the new company, which will be called Yahoo.

Yahoo at the end of the last century was the face of the internet, preceding the behemoth tech platforms to follow, such as Google and Facebook. And AOL was the portal, bringing almost everyone who logged on during the internet's earliest days. 

Verizon spent about $9 billion buying AOL and Yahoo over two years starting in 2015, hoping to jump-start a digital media business that would compete with Google and Facebook. It didn't work — those brands were already fading even then — as Google and Facebook and, increasingly, Amazon dominate the U.S. digital ad market. The year after buying Yahoo, Verizon wrote More

  • Sunday, May. 2, 2021
In this Jan. 24, 1988 file photo, actress Olympia Dukakis, winner of a Golden Globe for "Best Performance in a Supporting Role" and Cher, winner of the "Best Performance by an Actress in a musical or comedy", hold the awards they received for performances in the hit movie "Moonstruck" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actress whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- 

Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actor whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher's mother in the romantic comedy "Moonstruck," has died. She was 89. 

Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York City, according to Allison Levy, her agent at Innovative Artists. A cause of death was not immediately released, but her family said in a statement that she had been in failing health for months.

Dukakis won her Oscar through a surprising chain of circumstances, beginning with author Nora Ephron's recommendation that she play Meryl Streep's mother in the film version of Ephron's book "Heartburn." Dukakis got the role, but her scenes were cut from the film. To make it up to her, director Mike Nichols cast her in his hit play "Social Security." Director Norman Jewison saw her in that role and cast her in "Moonstruck."

Dukakis won the Oscar for best supporting actress and Cher took home the trophy for More

  • Friday, Apr. 30, 2021
In this combination photo, actress Esmé Bianco appears at HBO's "Game of Thrones" final season premiere in New York on April 3, 2019, left, and musician Marilyn Manson appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. Bianco has sued Marilyn Manson alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She filed the lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles on Friday, April 30, 2021. (Photos by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Game of Thrones" actor Esmé Bianco sued Marilyn Manson on Friday, alleging sexual, physical and emotional abuse. 

In the lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Bianco says that Manson violated human trafficking law by bringing her to California from England under the false pretenses of roles in music videos and movies that never materialized. 

An email seeking comment from an attorney who has previously represented Manson was not immediately returned. Manson said earlier this year that all of his intimate relationships have been entirely consensual. 

The lawsuit alleges that in 2009, Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, flew Bianco to Los Angeles to shoot a video for the song, "I want to kill you like they do in the movies." 

The suit says that Bianco was expected to stay at Manson's home instead of the hotel where she had been booked, and there was no crew, only Manson himself shooting with a phone. 

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  • Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021
In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009 file photo, British actor and director Noel Clarke, displays his Orange Rising Star Award at the British Academy Film Awards 2009 at The Royal Opera House in London, England. Britain’s motion picture academy on Thursday April 29, 2021, suspended actor-director Noel Clarke after a newspaper reported that multiple women had accused him of sexual harassment or bullying. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Britain's motion picture academy on Thursday suspended actor-director Noel Clarke after a newspaper reported that multiple women had accused him of sexual harassment or bullying. 

The film and television academy said it was also suspending Clarke's award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, given to him earlier this month at a ceremony in London.

It said in light of the allegations reported by The Guardian, "BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice." 

The Guardian reported that it had spoken to 20 women who accused Clarke of misconduct including sexual harassment, unwanted touching, sexually inappropriate behavior on set and bullying. It named several of the women.

Clarke, 45, who starred in "Doctor Who" and created the film trilogy "Kidulthood," "Adulthood" and "Brotherhood," strongly denied all the claims More

  • Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021
In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook’s stock is up after the social media giant reported stronger-than-expected results for the first quarter thanks to soaring ad revenue. The social media giant said Wednesday, April 28, 2021, it earned $9.5 billion, or $3.30 per share, in the January-March period. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Facebook's stock jumped Wednesday into record territory after the social media giant reported stronger-than-expected results for the first quarter thanks to soaring ad revenue.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the extra money means the company will invest more in new areas of potential growth — including augmented and virtual reality, commerce, business messaging and content creators, such as people who make videos, write newsletters and host podcasts.

"I believe that augmented and virtual reality are going to enable a deeper sense of presence and social connection than any existing platform," he said in a conference call with analysts. He added that this accounts for a "major part" of Facebook's research and development budget growth.

Facebook is also expanding its e-commerce offerings and the use of its messaging services for businesses. As for the creator economy, the company is getting into audio, podcasts and independent publishing More

  • Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021
This Sept. 17, 2018 file photo shows Leslie Jones at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Jones will host the 2021 “MTV Movie & TV Awards. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Comedian-actor Leslie Jones will take the stage as host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards next month.

The network announced Wednesday that Jones will host the awards, which will air live on May 16 from Los Angeles. The awards show celebrates the best moments in movies and television over the past year.

The Emmy-nominated Jones is currently the host and executive producer of ABC's "Supermarket Sweep" and appeared in "Coming 2 America," which is streaming on Amazon Prime. She also hosted the BET Awards in 2017.

Previous Movie & TV Awards hosts include Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart and Adam DeVine.

Last week, MTV announced that Disney Plus series "WandaVision" leads the awards with five nominations. Netflix's "Emily in Paris" and Amazon's "The Boys" each scored four nominations.

A day after the Movie & TV Awards, MTV will air the inaugural Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED on May 17. The More

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