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  • Friday, Sep. 20, 2019
LONDON -- 

BBH Entertainment, the development arm of the global creative agency BBH, specializing in the intersection of advertising and entertainment, is co-producer of Depeche Mode’s new film, SPIRITS in the Forest, along with Trafalgar Releasing and Sony Music Entertainment.  

The feature-length documentary and concert film, which celebrates the impact of Depeche Mode’s music and performances, is coming to cinemas worldwide for a one-night event on November 21.  Directed by award-winning filmmaker Anton Corbijn,  the film follows the band’s 2017/2018 Global Spirit Tour, and dives into the deeply emotional stories of six special Depeche Mode fans.

“Growing up in Sweden, I would line up in the freezing cold to wait for Depeche Mode tickets, and I know first-hand that Depeche Mode, which arguably has the biggest fanbase in the world, is more than a band for so many people,” said Pelle Sjoenell, BBH worldwide chief creative officer and co- More

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019
Pawel Pawlikowsky (photo by Magda Wunsche & Aga Samsel)
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- 

Academy Award-winning Pawel Pawlikowski and other top Polish filmmakers are demanding artistic independence for the nation's most prestigious film festival after a politically charged movie was withdrawn.

The filmmakers' guild wants the selection procedure for the ongoing annual Polish Film Festival in Gdynia to become independent from its organizers. These include the Culture Ministry, which tends to promote art in line with the conservative government's policy.

The appeal came late Wednesday, after the last-minute withdrawal of a movie inspired by the Amber Gold pyramid scheme that was revealed in 2012, when the current government's opponents were in power.  It was one of Poland's biggest financial scandals in which some 19,000 investors lost over 850 million zlotys ($225 million).

The "Solid Gold" movie was generally believed to be harmful to the opposition ahead of Oct. 13 elections, but its producers had it withdrawn after its More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
This Sept. 8, 2018, file photo shows Afton Williamson attending the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews of "The Rookie" at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif. The producer of ABC’s “The Rookie” says actress Williamson’s claims of on-set misconduct against her weren’t substantiated by an independent investigator. Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers Williamson accused. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Actress Afton Williamson's claims of misconduct against her on the set of "The Rookie" weren't substantiated by an independent investigator, according to the ABC drama series' producer.

Production company Entertainment One said Tuesday the investigation led it to conclude no unlawful or inappropriate behavior was committed by the co-workers accused by Williamson.

In early August, "The Rookie" co-star said she was quitting the show because of sexual harassment and racial discrimination she experienced during its freshman year last season.

The probe, which began in late June, involved some 400 hours of interviews and review of video and other evidence, Entertainment One said in a statement. The full report wasn't released for privacy reasons, said the company known as eOne.

The executive producers, one of whom Williamson accused of mishandling her allegations, were found to have "addressed matters of which they were made aware More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
The Russo brothers
LOS ANGELES -- 

Anthony and Joe Russo, who helmed Marvel Studios’ critically acclaimed Avengers: Endgame, are set to receive the prestigious International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Motion Picture Showman of the Year Award for their historic contributions to the art of cinema and television. The 57th Annual Publicists Awards ceremony, which traditionally occurs the week leading up to the Academy Awards®, will be held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, February 7, 2020.
 
“Anthony and Joe Russo have made a huge impact in cinema with the record-breaking Avengers and Captain America films,” said Lewis Rothenberg, national president of the ICG. “They have taken audiences around the world on a wild journey with their unique and imaginative brand of storytelling and are two of the most exciting innovators in our industry today. We are thrilled to celebrate their cinematic More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
Martin Samuel (l) and Thomas Burman
LOS ANGELES -- 

Thomas Burman, Emmy®-winning make-up artist, and Martin Samuel, Oscar®-nominated film and celebrity hair stylist, will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) honoring outstanding achievements for make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater. The black-tie awards gala returns to the NOVO by Microsoft in L.A. Live on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
 
Burman has an award-winning career in motion pictures and television for over five decades. He has won seven Emmy Awards, received 31 Emmy nominations, and one Oscar nomination, among many other accolades.  Burman hired one of the first two women make-up artists, paving the way for many talented women to come into the field. He established the title “special make-up effects” which is still used today and discovered new materials (Burman Foam) to improve the work of make- More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
This Aug. 21, 2009, file photo shows the NBC logo at its headquarters in New York. Comcast’s NBCUniversal says its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC’s logo, and will be the home for some of the company’s most popular shows, including “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “30 Rock.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Comcast's NBCUniversal said Tuesday that its upcoming streaming service will be called Peacock, in an homage to NBC's logo. It will become the home for some of the company's most popular shows, including "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office."

That means both will be leaving Netflix, although not for several months after Peacock launches. As Disney, AT&T's WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal prepare to debut their streaming services, they have been taking some of their TV and movie deals away from Netflix, the most popular streaming service. That augurs a future where consumers will have to hunt for their favorite shows and films among lots of different services. WarnerMedia for example on Tuesday also announced that HBO Max, its upcoming streaming service, will have the U.S. rights to "The Big Bang Theory." Netflix on Monday said it's adding Seinfeld.

Peacock, like HBO Max, is launching in April, after Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus, which More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019
This May 10, 2017, file photo shows the CBS logo at their broadcast center in New York. The former manager of a credit union that served employees of the CBS television network has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a two-decade embezzlement scheme that drained $40 million from the institution and forced it into insolvency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The former manager of a credit union that served employees of the CBS television network has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for a two-decade embezzlement scheme that drained $40 million from the institution and forced it into insolvency.

Edward Rostohar pleaded guilty to bank fraud in May. The 62-year-old admitted he used the money to fund a gambling habit, buy luxury cars and watches, and travel by private jet. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said Monday that Rostohar paid his wife a $5,000 weekly allowance and took trips with "women half his age."

The charges were announced in March, on the same day that the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union ceased operations. Its assets were assumed by University Credit Union in Los Angeles.

  • Monday, Sep. 16, 2019
This photo released by NBC shows Shane Gillis who was to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live," premiering its 45th season on Sept. 28. "Saturday Night Live" rescinded its invitation to Gillis who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English. (Phil Provencio/NBC via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

"Saturday Night Live" has rescinded its invitation to a cast member who posted a video last year in which he used a racial slur for Chinese people and derided Asians trying to learn English.

A show representative said Monday that the language Shane Gillis used was "offensive, hurtful and unacceptable," and the show was not aware of the past remarks that have drawn criticism.

"Saturday Night Live" apologized, saying it's vetting process "was not up to our standard."

In a tweet, Gillis said he respected the show's decision and is "honestly grateful for the opportunity." He said he had hoped to have the opportunity to prove himself, but "I understand it would be too much of a distraction." He ended with a slight swipe at the show, mentioning that he was always a "Mad TV" guy anyway.

In the clip of video apparently posted in 2018, Gillis refers to an unidentified city's Chinatown as being "nuts" and used a derogatory word for More

  • Monday, Sep. 16, 2019
In this Nov. 17, 2004, file photo Jerry Seinfeld, left, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Michael Richards arrive to celebrate the release of the first three seasons of Seinfeld on DVD in New York. Netflix says it will start streaming all 180 episodes of the “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, File)
LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) -- 

Move aside, "Friends" and "The Office." Netflix now has a new gem — a show about nothing.

The company announced Monday it would start streaming all 180 episodes of "Seinfeld" in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up.

Netflix Inc., which pioneered the binge-watching culture of streaming, was dealt a double blow this summer when it lost "The Office" and "Friends," two of its most popular shows, as their respective owners pulled them to add to their own streaming services.

"The Office" will leave at the end of 2020 to join NBCUniversal's new streaming service, and "Friends" will leave at the beginning of 2020 to join the upcoming HBO Max service.

It's a battle not likely to wane as the streaming TV space grows more crowded. Netflix has created significant momentum with its original shows, but new competitors are constantly popping up, including streaming arrivals from Apple and More

  • Sunday, Sep. 15, 2019
This Aug. 23, 2018, file photo shows Movie Pass debit cards and used movie tickets in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

MoviePass, the movie ticket subscription service that allowed subscribers to buy up to three movie tickets per month for a small fee, shut down Saturday.

Its future is unclear.

Helios and Matheson Analytics, the parent company of MoviePass, said Friday in a release that it was interrupting service for all its subscribers because its efforts to seek financing have not been successful.

It says it's "unable to predict if or when" MoviePass will continue. The company says it's planning to study all options including the sale of the company in its entirety.

MoviePass drew in millions of subscribers, initially luring them with a $10 monthly rate. But that proved unsustainable. Because MoviePass typically pays theaters the full cost of tickets — $15 or more in big cities — a single movie can put the service in the red. The company was forced to make changes. Those efforts, however, never stopped the losses.

In a letter posted More

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