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  • Friday, Aug. 9, 2019
This July 1, 2019 photo shows actress Dascha Polanco posing for a portrait in New York to promote the 7th season of "Orange is the New Black." (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Agencies, writers, producers: The time is now for Hollywood to do more in terms of diversity behind the scenes, Dascha Polanco said.

In front of the cameras, the "Orange is the New Black" co-star said the industry must stop thinking of her and so many of her co-stars on the recently wrapped Netflix series as non-traditional Hollywood types based on size, looks, race, age or sexual orientation.

"We are the tradition. We are the reality," Polanco told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "Hollywood has been very exclusive in who they consider an actor, who they want to depict on screens."

Polanco said diversity on screen is slowly lurching forward, but it's equally important to do the same off camera. Her struggles finding work are not without emotional scars. She struggles daily over "self-love, self-acceptance, self-care."

"A lot of my life as a young girl and as a young adult has been influenced by how people will More

  • Friday, Aug. 9, 2019
Joaquin Phoenix (photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic, courtesy of TIFF)
TORONTO -- 

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix will be honored at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Phoenix will receive one of two TIFF Tribute Actor Awards at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto Film Fest, the Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programs and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors. 

With a wide-ranging career spanning over 35 years, Phoenix has starred in such films as The Master, Inherent Vice, Walk the Line, Gladiator, To Die For, and Her. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his roles as Commodus in Gladiator, Freddie Quell in The Master and Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, for which he won a Golden Globe.​ This fall, Phoenix portrays the title More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier says Jussie Smollett won't be back on "Empire." Collier, speaking to TV critics Wednesday, affirmed series co-creator Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett from the drama’s upcoming final season. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Jussie Smollett is gone from "Empire" but his character will live on, at least in photos.

Smollett's Jamal Lyon, who last season married Kai (Toby Onwumere), will be away on his honeymoon when the Fox drama returns Sept. 24 for its sixth and last season, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday.

"You'll see pictures of him in the background," Collier said, without elaborating. He promised "surprises at the beginning of the season that you're going to love."

In a Q&A with TV critics, Collier affirmed series producer Lee Daniels' decision to drop Smollett from the hip-hop family drama.

Daniels had initially supported Smollett after the actor claimed he suffered a racist and anti-gay attack in Chicago. But when Smollett faced charges for allegedly fabricating the attack, Daniels said the matter had become painful and frustrating for him and the "Empire" cast .

Prosecutors dropped the charges against More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
This Sept. 18, 2016 file photo shows the main stage during the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. There will be no host at the ceremony honoring TV’s best next month. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, that going host-less allows more time to salute departing shows, including “Game of Thrones.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

The Oscars did it, and now the Emmys will too. There will be no host at the ceremony honoring TV's best next month.

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday that going hostless allows more time to salute departing shows, including "Game of Thrones."

The HBO fantasy saga, which ended its run this past season, is the top nominee with a record-setting 32 nominations.

Collier said producers would have considered possible hosts and checked on their availability for the Sept. 22 ceremony. The Fox executive didn't directly address whether anyone had declined.

The Emmy show rotates among the top broadcast networks.

The Oscars ran into trouble when last year's planned host, Kevin Hart, stepped down following a backlash over his past homophobic tweets. The search for a replacement proved fruitless.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
This Sept. 21, 2016 file photo shows Nate Parker, the director, screenwriter and star of "The Birth of a Nation" at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles. Parker will premiere his new film “American Skin” at the Venice Film Festival, his first film since a past rape allegation derailed the release of his Nat Turner biopic “The Birth of a Nation.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Nate Parker's attempted comeback will begin at the Venice Film Festival with the premiere of his first film since a rape allegation from Parker's past derailed the release of his Nat Turner biopic "The Birth of a Nation."

The Venice Film Festival announced Wednesday that Parker's "American Skin" will debut in its "Sconfini" section. Parker's new film also carries Spike Lee's backing. "American Skin" is touted as a Spike Lee presentation. In a statement, Lee called Parker his brother and declared the film "a brave tour de force."

Parker has been little heard from since his breakthrough as writer-director-star in 2016. After the lauded debut of "The Birth of a Nation" at the Sundance Film Festival fetched a record $17.5 million purchase, the newfound attention around Parker resurrected a 1999 rape allegation against him from when he was a student at Penn State University.

Parker has maintained his innocence. He was acquitted in a 2001 More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
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. Disney says its net income fell 39% in the latest quarter. Net income for the fiscal third quarter, which ended June 29, 2019, fell to $1.76 billion, from $2.92 billion last year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Disney is feeling some pain from its biggest transformation in decades as its acquisition of Fox's entertainment businesses contributed to a 39% drop in earnings.

CEO Bob Iger said one of the biggest issues affecting earnings was underperformance at the Fox movie and TV studio. Tuesday's results, the first complete quarter with Fox's businesses included, missed Wall Street's expectations. Disney's shares fell 3% in aftermarket trading.

The Fox studio was "well below where we hoped it would be when we made the acquisition," Iger said during a conference call with analysts.

Particularly underperforming was "Dark Phoenix," a Fox X-Men movie that failed to find its audience. That offset box office successes such as "Avengers: Endgame."

Disney completed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business in March, putting "Cinderella," ?The Simpsons," ?Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof. The deal paved More

  • Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Monica Lewinsky arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. FX says the next chapter of its “American Crime Story” series will dramatize the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. The miniseries will air in September 2020, within weeks of the general election. Lewinsky, the central figure in Clinton’s impeachment, is a producer for the limited series. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

The next chapter of FX's "American Crime Story" will dramatize Bill Clinton's impeachment with a focus on Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and other women central to the scandal.

The miniseries will air within weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

Lewinsky, who was a White House intern when she had an affair with Clinton, will be a producer on the project, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in announcing the project at a Television Critics Association meeting Tuesday. Clinton initially denied the affair before admitting to it in 1998.

The series is scheduled to air on Sept. 27, 2020, about five weeks before the Nov. 3 election. Landgraf, asked whether the proximity gave the network pause, defended the timing and cautioned those who might judge the project sight unseen.

"I believe very, very strongly in what we're making. I've read it (the script), I think it's great. I don't believe it's going to determine who's the next More

  • Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
n this Aug. 12, 2018 file photo Auli'i Cravalho arrives at the Teen Choice Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Before Disney films its live action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” ABC will take a crack at it with a live production starring Cravalho as Ariel. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Before Disney films its live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid," ABC will take a crack at it with a live production starring "Moana" actress Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel.

The production, to air on Nov. 5, will also star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian.

The music will be from the original cartoon film as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

The cartoon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Disney plans to remake the film with Halle Bailey from "Grown-ish" in the role of Ariel. Bailey is half of the sister duo Chloe x Halle.

  • Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
Rachel Skarsten, from left, Ruby Rose and Meagan Tandy participate in The CW "Batwoman" panel during the Summer 2019 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Ruby Rose suffered the slings and arrows from schoolmates about being different before the rise of social media.

The 33-year-old gender-fluid actress — who came out as a lesbian at age 12 in her native Australia — hopes her title role on The CW's new series "Batwoman" lets viewers know they're not alone.

It's the first TV series headlined by an out LGBTQ superhero.

Rose, who has said she is bipolar, believes society has come a long way in accepting different groups and says she is seeing greater representation of them on television.

At the same time, Rose told a TV critics gathering on Sunday that social media is "terrifying."

Rose says there's "a lot of pressure" on kids today and she wants young people to be able identify and relate to characters they're watching on "Batwoman."

  • Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019
In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Luke Perry poses for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Luke Perry will be honored in the season premiere of "Riverdale," with his former "Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Shannen Doherty guest starring.

Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told a TV critics meeting on Sunday that the episode is "a moving piece" and "a tribute to our friend and a well-respected actor."

Perry died in March at age 52 after a massive stroke. His death occurred in the middle of filming for season three and wasn't mentioned on the show. Producers opted until the season four premiere airing Oct. 9 to address what happened to Perry's character Fred Andrews, the father of Archie.

Molly Ringwald is expected to have a bigger role as Archie's mother.

Doherty stars in Fox's "BH90210" reboot series debuting Wednesday. It's expected to also honor Perry.

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