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  • Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film "Leaving Neverland" during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 24, 2019, in Park City, Utah. A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the Michael Jackson estate over the HBO documentary on two of the late pop star's accusers can go forward in private arbitration. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- 

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a lawsuit filed by the Michael Jackson estate over an HBO documentary about two of the late pop star's sex abuse accusers can go forward in private arbitration. 

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with two lower courts and ruled in favor of the Jackson estate in its decision on "Leaving Neverland." 

Unless there are further appeals, the case will go to a private arbitrator, which the Jackson estate argued was required by the 1992 contract at the center of the lawsuit. 

That means the proceedings will be largely shielded from public view, though Jackson attorneys said in court filings that they would like for them to be as open as possible and sought private arbitration because it was the only way available to sue under the contract. 

The decades-old agreement to put a Jackson concert on HBO required that the cable channel not disparage Jackson, which More

  • Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
Anne Reinking holds her Tony award for best choreography for the musical "Chicago" at the 51st annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1997, in New York. Reinking, the Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread a cool, muscular hybrid of jazz and burlesque movement to Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 71. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Ann Reinking, the Tony Award-winning choreographer, actress and Bob Fosse collaborator who helped spread a cool, muscular hybrid of jazz and burlesque movement to Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 71.

Reinking died Saturday while visiting family in Seattle, said her manager, Lee Gross. No cause of death was disclosed.

Tributes poured in from the Broadway community, including from Tony Yazbeck, who called her "an absolute inspiration" and Leslie Odom, Jr., who thanked Reinking for being a mentor: "She honored the calling for real. RIP to a legend." Bernadette Peters took to Twitter to say her heart was broken and Billy Eichner said she was "one of the most mesmerizing people I've ever seen on stage. A singular genius. RIP."

Trained as a ballet dancer, Reinking was known for her bold style of dance epitomized by her work in the revival of the Kander and Ebb musical "Chicago," complete with net stockings, chair dancing and plenty More

  • Monday, Dec. 14, 2020
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NEW YORK -- 

The ANA’s Marketing Word of the Year for 2020 is particularly representative of a year marked by the ravages caused throughout the world by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice issues.

Since 2014, the ANA has surveyed its members to identify the marketing word of the year. This year the word of choice is “Pivot.”

As in years past, the ANA staff identifies a list of finalists and then asks members to cast their vote to determine the winner. This year, voting was done online from December 2–8, with 279 ANA members participating.

The ANA asked members of its Global CMO Growth Council, which mobilizes the largest ever group of CMOs from around the world to accelerate economic growth and advance societal good, “How did your marketing pivot in 2020?” Select responses included:

“We pivoted from physical experiences to digital experiences. We call this ‘Priceless At Home.’ Brand-building never stops. It’s not just advertising; it More

  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
In this May 1, 2019, file photo, actress Carol Sutton arrives at the World Premiere of "Poms" in Los Angeles. Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Actor Carol Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy "Steel Magnolias" and the TV series "Queen Sugar," has died from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76.

"The world may recognize her from her performances in movies and on TV — whether it's 'Treme' or 'Claws,' or 'Runaway Jury' or 'Queen Sugar' — but we will always remember her commanding stage presence, her richly portrayed characters, and the warm heart she shared with her fellow cast and crew," Cantrell said in a statement. Sutton died Thursday at Touro Infirmary.

After making her acting debut in the late 1960s in Dashiki Project Theatre productions, Sutton appeared in productions such as "The Last Madam," "Native Tongues" and "A Raisin in the Sun." 

She moved to television in 1974 with "The Autobiography of Miss Jane More

  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
In this March 5, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc., one of the state's largest businesses. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the motion to join the case in federal court on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- 

California is seeking to join the Justice Department in its antitrust lawsuit against Google parent Alphabet Inc., one of the state's largest businesses.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the motion to join the case in federal court on Friday.

"Google's anticompetitive behavior has unlawfully maintained the company's monopoly on internet search and search-based advertising at the expense of consumers," said Becerra.

The Justice Department sued Google in October. The case, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges that Google uses billions of dollars collected from advertisers to pay phone manufacturers to ensure Google is the default search engine on browsers. This, the lawsuit claims, harms consumers and stifles smaller rivals. 

Eleven states, all with Republican attorneys general, joined the federal government in the lawsuit at the time. California is the first Democratic state announcing its intent to More

  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
This combination photo shows FKA twigs, left, at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles and Shia LaBeouf at the premiere of "The Peanut Butter Falcon" during the London Film Festival on Oct. 3, 2019. FKA twigs filed a lawsuit Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, alleging that LaBeouf was physically and emotionally abusive during a relationship in 2018 and 2019, saying the experience was part of a pattern of terrorizing women for the 34-year-old actor. (AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Singer FKA twigs filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that Shia LaBeouf was physically and emotionally abusive during their relationship from 2018 to 2019, saying her experience was part of a pattern of terrorizing women for the 34-year-old actor. 

"Shia LaBeouf hurts women," the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court said in its opening lines. "He uses them. He abuses them, both physically and mentally. He is dangerous."

FKA twigs — a 32-year-old British singer and actress whose legal name is Tahliah Barnett — alleges in the lawsuit that LaBeouf left her in a constant state of fear and humiliation, once slammed her into a car, tried to strangle her and knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. 

An email sent to a representative seeking comment from LaBeouf was not immediately returned, but in an email to the New York Times the actor said: "I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have More

  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
In this Thursday, April 18, 2019 file photo, Chairman of jury Kim Ki-duk speaks during the opening ceremony of the 41st Moscow International Film Festival in Moscow, Russia. South Korean director Kim Ki-duk who won the top award at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and later faced allegations of trying to force an actress into shooting off-script sexual scenes while making another movie, has died in Latvia. He was 59. The Baltic News Service said Kim passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 after falling ill with Covid-19. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- 

South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, who won the top award at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 but later faced allegations at home of hitting an actress and trying to force her into shooting off-script sexual scenes while making another movie, has died in Latvia. He was 59.

The Baltic News Service cited Latvia-based Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, president of an international documentary film festival in Riga, as saying Kim died after falling ill with COVID-19. Mansky was not immediately reachable for comment.

Kim's death was indirectly confirmed by the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, which said that a "South Korean male in his 50s died while being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital in Latvia during the early hours of Dec. 11 local time." It declined to identify the director due to privacy concerns. 

Kim came to Latvia on Nov. 20 in order to buy a house in Jurmala, the country's seaside resort near Riga, the capital, and apply More

  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) and ICG Magazine will be taking their fourth “Deep Dive” in a webinar on December 21 at 2 PM (PT). This time they will be visiting with the creative team behind the multiple Emmy®-winning Disney+ series The Mandalorian, the first live action Star Wars TV series.
 
The team established a revolutionary workflow in Season 1 that included volumetric capture, large-screen LED walls, game engine technology, virtual-camera based previsualization, and the closest integration of on-set capture and visual effects ever attempted. Season 2 of The Mandalorian built upon these innovations, establishing creator Jon Favreau’s ambitious vision as the bellwether for all future visual effects-based productions.
 
Panelists will include Local 600 DP Baz Idoine, Local 600 DP Matthew Jensen, ASC, Local 600 DP David Klein, ASC, ILM VFX supervisor Richard Bluff and More

  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 21, 2015. DeGeneres said she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is “feeling fine right now.” The producer of her daytime talk show says production has been put on hold until January. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Ellen DeGeneres says she has tested positive for COVID-19 but is "feeling fine right now."

Production on her daytime talk show has been paused until January, producer Telepictures said in a statement that followed DeGeneres' Thursday announcement.

In an Instagram post, DeGeneres said anyone who was in close contact with her has been notified, adding that she's following "all proper CDC guidelines," a reference to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"I'll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe," DeGeneres said in her post.

Reruns of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" were to air starting Thursday.

When the coronavirus outbreak hit in March, DeGeneres shifted to taping without a studio audience, as did other talk shows. When the series began its 18th season in September, her show added fans virtually into the seats, then said it would allow a few dozen people into the studio. More

  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020
In this Tuesday, May 1, 2018, file photo, an attendee tries on the new Oculus Go goggles during F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Germany's Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said had initiated abuse proceedings over Facebook’s plans to require users of the latest Quest 2 virtual reality glasses produced by Oculus to register with a Facebook.com account. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)
BERLIN (AP) -- 

German regulators launched an investigation Thursday into Facebook over the company's decision to link its Oculus virtual reality products to the social network, authorities said.

The Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, said it had initiated abuse proceedings over Facebook's plans to require users of the latest Quest 2 virtual reality glasses produced by Oculus to register with a Facebook.com account.

"Linking virtual reality products and the group's social network in this way could constitute a prohibited abuse of dominance by Facebook," said Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt. "With its social network Facebook holds a dominant position in Germany and is also already an important player in the emerging but growing VR market. We intend to examine whether and to what extent this tying arrangement will affect competition in both areas of activity."

In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, Facebook More

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