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  • Monday, Jul. 27, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet." Warner Bros. will release Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” internationally first on Aug. 26, with a U.S. release in select cities to follow over Labor Day weekend. Warner Bros. (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

In the latest plan for Hollywood's hopeful return to moviegoing during the pandemic, Warner Bros. will release Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" in an unprecedented fashion, opening it internationally first on Aug. 26, with a U.S. release in select cities to follow over Labor Day weekend.

Warner Bros. on Monday said "Tenet" will arrive in more than 70 countries on Wednesday, Aug. 26, including Japan, Russia, much of Europe, Australia and Canada. The $200 million thriller will open in the U.S. about a week later on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The staggered release will be tailored to outbreaks of COVID-19. Instead of the usual global launch of a summer blockbuster, "Tenet" will make its way through theaters as they are open. The film, originally set for release July 17, has already had its premiere postponed several times. Each time, spikes in cases through the U.S. has forced the studio to remake its plans. 

Now, Warner Bros. has upended the usual More

  • Monday, Jul. 27, 2020
Frances McDormand in a scene from the film "Nomadland." Chloe Zhao's film will premiere across the major fall film festivals in an alliance forged by the Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride festivals. It's the first movie announced in the new partnership that has brought together the fall’s biggest movie launch pads, which typically compete against each other for world premiere rights. (Searchlight Pictures via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Chloe Zhao's "Nomadland," starring Frances McDormand, will premiere across the major fall film festivals in an alliance forged by the Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride festivals.

"Nomadland," Zhao's follow-up to her acclaimed 2018 film "The Rider," is the first movie announced in the new partnership that has brought together the fall's biggest movie launch pads, which typically compete against each other for world premiere rights.

Toronto and New York are prepping primarily virtual editions. Telluride was forced to cancel entirely, but it will carry on in drive-in screenings in Los Angeles. 

"Nomadland" will debut across Venice, Toronto and at "Telluride from Los Angeles" on Sept. 11. New York, which named the film its centerpiece, will premiere Zhao's film on a later date.

Adapted from Jessica Bruder's non-fiction book "Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century," the film is about a woman, Fern, who More

  • Saturday, Jul. 25, 2020
This Sept. 19, 2019 photo shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos arriving to a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Google's Sundar Pichai and Apple's Tim Cook — will answer for their companies' practices before Congress at a hearing Wednesday by the House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust. 

The panel has conducted a bipartisan investigation over the past year of the tech giants' market dominance and their effect on consumers.

It's the first such congressional review of the tech industry. It has aimed to determine whether existing competition policies and century-old antitrust laws are adequate or if new legislation and more funding for enforcement are needed.

The four CEOs are expected to testify remotely.

The hearing originally was set for Monday. It was rescheduled to allow lawmakers who are committee members to participate in commemorations at the U.S. Capitol on Monday and Tuesday for Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon and longtime Georgia congressman who died More

  • Friday, Jul. 24, 2020
Volunteers with the Blue Sky Rescue team perform disinfecting of a cinema before it reopens for business in Beijing Friday, July 24, 2020. Theaters in China, the world's second largest movie market, this week reopened from the coronavirus shut down with theaters limited to 30% capacity. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
BEIJING (AP) -- 

Beijing partially reopened movie theaters Friday as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China's capital. 

Cinemas in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection began admitting moviegoers under social distancing rules. Tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30% of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show. 

As with most venues in China, a temperature check and online travel record were required for entry. Cinemas have been closed for around six months but began reopening this week in major cities throughout the country. 

China reported just 21 new virus cases on Friday, six of them imported, with the rest in the Xinjiang region and Jilin province. Beijing has gone more than two weeks without any cases of local transmission, spurring authorities to lift many restrictions on activities. 

Tickets at Poly International Cinema's branch near Tiananmen Square More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
This file photo combo shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)

The coronavirus sapped $2.8 billion in revenue from AT&T in its most recent quarter, mostly in its WarnerMedia TV and film division. Its satellite TV business, DirecTV, continued to bleed customers.

"I expect we're going to be dealing with some of these economic challenges in the COVID environment as we move forward here," said AT&T CEO John Stankey said during a call with analysts Thursday. 

WarnerMedia revenue fell 23% to $6.8 billion due to a pullback by TV advertisers, particularly as there were no live sports, and movie theaters closed.

Hollywood shut down production due to the pandemic, delaying movie releases and series for both traditional TV and streaming services. Stankey said the company hopes to resume film and TV production next month. 

The company is hoping to navigate the shift to online video with its HBO Max service, which launched in late May. AT&T said it had 3 million people sign up with the $ More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
Leslie Jones
NOHO ARTS DISTRICT, Calif. -- 

The Television Academy announced that Leslie Jones, star of Supermarket Sweep on ABC, has been tapped to host the announcement of the 72nd Emmy® Awards nominations on Tuesday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET. Presenters for the event, which will be streamed live on emmys.com, include Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany.

The ceremony has been reimagined as a virtual event this year due to production restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Television has played an integral role in navigating these unprecedented times and has brought us together as we remain apart,” said Frank Scherma, Television Academy chairman and CEO. “We are honored to have these groundbreaking actors, producers and comedians announce this year’s Emmy nominees—whose extraordinary work has been vital to the evolution of the television landscape this season.”

Jones is a two-time, Emmy-nominated actress, comedian and host of ABC’s More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in New York. A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence against Blacks, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from Coates' book and will be directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamila Forbes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. 

HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from "Between the World and Me" and will be directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, who handled the stage show in 2018 at the celebrated performance center in Harlem. 

"I've been working with Kamilah for almost as long as I've been a writer," Coates said in a statement. "I can think of no one better to put 'Between the World and Me' on screen and no better home for it than HBO."

Coates' book, published in 2015, is structured as an open letter to his adolescent son about what to expect as a Black person living in the United States. "Between the World and Me" was a bestseller that won the National Book Award and received new attention this summer when the Black Lives Matter More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

The global pandemic and U.S. protests are forcing a pullback by advertisers on Twitter, but it's also led to an unprecedented surge of users. 

Average daily user growth spiked 34% in the second quarter, the company said Thursday, the largest jump in users ever recorded by the company. 

In an earnings call, CEO Jack Dorsey addressed an embarrassing hacking incident last week that compromised the accounts of high profile users, saying he felt "terrible" about it. 

Shares of Twitter bounced 6% higher. 

But the company took a huge tax hit to earnings, posting a net loss of $1.2 billion, or $1.56 per share, in the April-June period, compared with profit of $1.1 billion, or $1.43 per share, a year earlier. 

Revenue fell by about a fifth to $683 million, far short of the $702 million Wall Street had expected, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet. 

Twitter's advertising business was hit harder than its larger More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, the logo for Unilever appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Consumer products giant Unilever, said Thursday July 23, 2020, that second-quarter sales were only slightly lower than the same period a year ago despite the lockdown measures triggered by the global fight against the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- 

Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Ben & Jerry's ice creams, Lipton tea and Dove soaps, said Thursday that second-quarter sales were only slightly lower than the same period a year ago — beating expectations of a drop of around 4% — despite the lockdown measures triggered by the global fight against the coronavirus.

CEO Alan Jope said the Anglo-Dutch company had "unlocked new levels of agility in responding to unprecedented fluctuations in demand."

The company's shares jumped more than 8% on the news.

Unilever's results provide a snapshot of how consumer behavior has been altered by the global pandemic - shoppers bought more food and drink to consume at home rather than visiting restaurants and cleaned their homes and hands more while spending less on personal grooming.

"Lockdowns in our markets and reduced personal care occasions amidst restricted living, led to lower demand for skin care, deodorants More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2020
In this May 7, 2018, file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on during a video as he delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers in Seattle. Microsoft says the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for its flagship cloud computing and workplace productivity products as it reported quarterly earnings Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that beat Wall Street expectations. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- 

Microsoft said the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for its flagship products, reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street expectations. 

The software giant said an ongoing trend of working and learning from home has fueled increased demand for its cloud computing services and workplace productivity products, such as email and video conferencing. 

But the pandemic has also slowed sales of those products to smaller businesses, and eaten into the advertising revenue that powers its LinkedIn career networking service. 

Microsoft on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $11.2 billion, or $1.46 per share, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.34 a share.

It posted revenue of $38 billion in the April-June period, up 13% from last year. Analysts had been looking for revenue of $36.5 billion, according to FactSet.

The company said its commercial cloud business surpassed $50 billion in More

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