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  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
Actor-filmmaker and author Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York on Nov. 16, 2017. Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy. He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Tyler Perry has won awards from the NAACP and BET. Now he's getting a big one from the Television Academy: He and his foundation are the recipients of the 2020 Governors Award.

The prize, picked by the academy board of governors, honors Perry "for his unprecedented achievements in television and his commitment to offering opportunities to marginalized communities." 

Perry has so far created 22 feature films, over 20 stage plays, 13 television shows and two bestselling books. The Atlanta-based producer was one of the first major filmmakers to power back up production in the wake of the coronavirus health crisis.

"Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience," said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
This image released by Disney Channel shows the character Luz Noceda in a scene from the animated series "The Owl House." The series created by Dana Terrace features the bisexual lead character, voiced by actor Sarah-Nicole Robles. (Disney Channel via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The creator of Disney Channel's "The Owl House" is lauding the company for featuring a LGBTQ teenager on the animated series.

"Representation matters!" tweeted Dana Terrace, also an executive producer for the series. "Always fight to make what YOU want to see!"

The 14-year-old character, Luz Noceda, reportedly is the first bisexual character on a Disney TV series. A gay lead character was depicted in the Disney+ streaming service's animated short "Out," which debuted last May. 

"The Owl House," which premiered in January and returned in July after a few months' break, has been renewed for a second season.

"We're excited about the LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling," the media watchdog organization GLAAD said in a tweet, adding that the series portrays an "inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters."

Terrace, who posted earlier this month that she is bisexual and always More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020
This 2013 photo provided by Kim Newton shows photographer Dan Budnik on his 80th birthday in Orvieto, Italy. The acclaimed photographer, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s along with the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died in Arizona at age 87. Budnik died Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson, his nephew Kim Newton said Monday. (Kim Newton via AP)
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- 

Acclaimed photographer Dan Budnik, noted for his portraits of artists in New York in the 1960s along with the civil rights movement and Native American culture, has died. He was 87.

Budnik died last Friday of natural causes at an assisted living facility in Tucson, his nephew Kim Newton said Monday.

In 1958, Budnik documented the Youth March for Integrated Schools to the White House and Lincoln Memorial and the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. 

Budnik also was known for his striking portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. just moments after his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington. TIME magazine chose one of Budnik's portraits of King for its "I Have a Dream" 50th anniversary issue in 2013.

Budnik also photographed every stage of the Selma to Montgomery March in Alabama in 1965. 

Born in Mineola, Long Island, Budnik followed his sister Vera to Los Angeles but returned to New York after More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres, winner of the Carol Burnett award, poses in the press room at the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Three producers of her daytime show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," have exited amid complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace environment. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Three producers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" have exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.

Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have "parted ways" with the long-running daytime series, a spokesperson for producer Warner Bros. said in a statement Monday.

An internal company investigation of claims about the show was prompted by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with ex-staffers, who complained about or said they witnessed improper and unfair treatment.

Most of the allegations were tied to executive producers and senior managers, including Glavin, Leman and Norman, BuzzFeed News said. The people making the claims against them were not identified.

A representative for Leman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. Representatives for Glavin More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
Gina Grillo, president and CEO of the ADVERTISING Club of New York
NEW YORK -- 

The ADVERTISING Club of New York has announced 20 new Fellows that have been accepted into the imPART Women’s Fellowship executive training program. The program is in its fifth year, and has accepted five additional Fellows to this year’s roster. The AD Club Fellowship is a year-long executive and leadership training program designed specifically for mid-level rising female stars.

Additionally, to continue the work the foundation has done over the past five years with the Fellowship Program to create a diverse and inclusive workforce, this year’s Fellow class is comprised of 45% African American, 25% Hispanic, 15% Asian, 10% Caucasian and 5% Multi-racial talent. The Fellows also come from diverse, professional backgrounds with a range of work experience, including media agencies, advertising & marketing agencies, higher education programs, public relations firms and financial marketing companies.

“When we conceived the Fellowship More

  • Monday, Aug. 17, 2020
In this July 26, 2017, file photo, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. McDonald’s former CEO is asking a court to dismiss the company’s lawsuit against him, calling it “meritless and misleading.” Chicago-based McDonald’s sued Easterbrook last week, seeking to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to him. McDonald’s fired Easterbrook without cause last November after he admitted to exchanging videos and text messages in a consensual, non-physical relationship with an employee. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

McDonald's former CEO is asking a court to dismiss the company's lawsuit against him, calling it "meritless and misleading."

Chicago-based McDonald's sued Stephen Easterbrook  last week, seeking to reclaim millions of dollars in compensation paid to him. McDonald's fired Easterbrook without cause last November after he admitted to exchanging videos and text messages in a consensual, non-physical relationship with an employee. A search of Easterbrook's cell phone confirmed that account.

But McDonald's said it conducted a second investigation last month after it received an anonymous tip that Easterbrook had a physical relationship with another employee. McDonald's said it has since found that Easterbrook had sexual relationships with three employees and destroyed evidence. 

The company's board says it would not have agreed to Easterbrook's separation agreement — which allowed him to keep more than $42 million in stock-based benefits More

  • Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020
Actress Elizabeth Debicki poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' at the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, in a Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 file photo. Elizabeth Debicki will play the Princess of Wales in seasons five and six of “The Crown,” the Netflix series announced Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

"The Crown" has found its Princess Diana.

Elizabeth Debicki will play the Princess of Wales in seasons five and six of "The Crown," the Netflix series announced Sunday.

Debicki will join a new cast for the series that includes Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip. Staunton succeeds Olivia Colman and Claire Foy in the role.

Emma Corrin is playing Diana on the drama's upcoming fourth season, but Debicki will take on the part for what's sure to be the character's most dramatic chapters. Seasons five and six are expected to be the show's final seasons. No premiere date of season four has yet been announced.

"Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many," Debicki said on Twitter. "It is my true privilege and honor to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one."

Debicki, a 29- More

  • Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020
The front entrance to the currently closed AMC Burbank 16 movie theaters complex is pictured on April 29, 2020, in Burbank, Calif. AMC Theatres and Universal Studios on Tuesday announced an agreement for a shortened theatrical window, with the studio's films playing for a minimum of just 17 days in cinemas. The agreement repaired a rift between AMC and Universal brought on by the on-demand release of "Trolls World Tour" in April. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

AMC Theatres, the nation's largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie.

AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the doors to more than 100 cinemas — or about a sixth of its nationwide locations — on Aug. 20 with throwback pricing for a day.

AMC theaters have reopened in numerous international countries but have remained shuttered in the U.S. since March. The chain touted the reopening as "Movies in 2020 at 1920 Prices." 

After several false starts due to a summer rise in coronavirus cases throughout much of the U.S., widespread moviegoing is currently set to resume in late August. Regal Cinemas, the second largest chain, is to reopen some U.S. locations on Aug. 21.

During its opening-day promotion, AMC will show catalog films, including "Ghostbusters," "Black Panther," "Back to the Future" and "Grease." Those older films More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020
In this file dated Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, British Home Secretary lawmaker Priti Patel, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Relations between British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s chilled Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in a spat about the treatment of migrants. The Vermont-based dessert brand directed a tweet Monday at Britain’s interior minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has vowed to stop asylum seekers crossing the English Channel from France to England in small boats. Hundreds have made the dangerous crossing in the past weeks of calm summer weather. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Relations between the British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's chilled Wednesday in a spat over the treatment of migrants.

The feud began Tuesday when the Vermont-based dessert brand directed a tweet at Britain's interior minister, Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has vowed to stop asylum seekers crossing the English Channel from France to England in small boats. Hundreds of people have made the dangerous crossing in the past weeks of calm summer weather.

The company tweeted: "Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture." It followed up with a series of tweets suggesting the government speak to refugee organizations and saying that "PEOPLE CANNOT BE ILLEGAL," in response to some politicians' talk of "illegal" immigrants.

The Home Office hit back, saying Patel was "working day and night to bring an end to these small boat crossings" and was More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020
LONDON -- 

The Colorist Society International (CSI) is joining the Independent Colourist Guild (ICG) as partner and co-organizer of the newly-launched Colorist Awards. The first-ever international competition focused exclusively on the craft of color, the event recognizes outstanding work by colorists across feature films, television, documentaries, commercials, music videos and shorts. Entries are being accepted now through December 31 for work first appearing in 2020. Winners will be announced in March.

The Independent Colourist Guild, whose membership includes more than 400 professional colorists worldwide, launched the Colorist Awards to draw attention to an essential, but underappreciated craft. “We want to highlight the great work being done by colorists around the globe and raise awareness for color’s artistic role in movies, television, advertising and other media,” said ICG founder Alexander More

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