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  • Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018
SAG-AFTRA Foundation to honor Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee pose for photographers during a photo call for the film "BlacKkKlansman" at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES -- 

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation will present its Patron of the Artists Awards to entertainment industry leader, WndrCo co-founder and NewTV (working title) founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and trailblazing director/producer/writer Spike Lee whose most recent film BlacKkKlansman opened earlier this year. The award honors industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 3rd annual Patron of the Artists Awards benefit takes place Thursday, November 8, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vital safety net for artists throughout their careers. We believe that the contributions made by performing artists to our society are not only valuable, but essential, and it’s not only the arts, but the artists who need a community of support,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation president JoBeth Williams. “Jeffrey Katzenberg and Spike Lee are two leaders within our industry who have created opportunities, opened doors, nurtured careers and provided jobs to countless artists. They understand the value of artists--and the arts--to transport us to worlds that we have never seen before and tell stories that have never been told before. Mr. Lee and Mr. Katzenberg are innovators, leaders and champions of the arts, and of artists, and could not be more deserving of our Patron of the Artists Awards.” 

Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards are director/writer/producer Judd Apatow, director/producer Kathryn Bigelow, director/writer/producer Lee Daniels, producer Megan Ellison, director/producer Rob Marshall, and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s vital assistance and performers programs for SAG-AFTRA artists, as well as its Emmy®-nominated children’s literacy program Storyline Online®.

In addition to honoring Katzenberg and Lee with Patron of the Artists Awards on November 8, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will also recognize Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga with Artists Inspiration Awards for their philanthropic work.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018
"Making a Murderer" sequel set to premiere Oct. 19
In this April 16, 2007, file photo, Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. A sequel to the popular "Making a Murderer" documentary series recounting the story of Dassey, and his uncle, Steve Avery, who were convicted in the 2005 slaying of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach, is set to premiere Oct. 19, 2018, on Netflix. The sequel, "Making a Murderer 2," will follow their appeals. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent, Pool, File)
MADISON, Wisc. (AP) -- 

A sequel to the popular "Making a Murderer" documentary series about a Wisconsin murder case is set to premiere Oct. 19 on Netflix.

The first "Making a Murderer" recounted the story of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, who were convicted in the 2005 slaying of Wisconsin photographer Teresa Halbach. Avery and Dassey are serving life sentences in the killing.

Halbach's remains were found in the Avery family's Manitowoc County salvage yard. Avery insists police framed him. Dassey has argued detectives coerced him into confessing that he helped Avery rape and kill Halbach.

The documentary won Avery and Dassey legions of fans and spurred demands for their release.

The 10-episode sequel, "Making a Murderer Part 2," will follow their appeals. The premiere date is Dassey's birthday.

Netflix says Emmy-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos had "exclusive access" to Avery, Dassey, the men's family members and their legal teams. It says the second season explores the "emotional toll" the appeals take on all of them.

Dassey was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities. His attorneys argued that he is borderline intellectually disabled and that police manipulated him into confessing, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused without comment to take his case in June. One of Dassey's attorneys has said the fight to win him a new trial will continue.

Avery was denied his request for a new trial last October. Avery's attorney said she planned to present new evidence and new testimony, but a judge found no grounds to warrant a new trial. Avery is appealing for a new trial.

The first multi-part "Making a Murderer" debuted in 2015, sparking conjecture about the pair's innocence. Those who worked on the cases said the filmmakers left out key pieces of evidence and presented a biased view, but Ricciardi and Demos defended their work.

  • Tuesday, Sep. 25, 2018
CBS taps media industry veteran Parsons as interim chairman
In this Thursday, March 12, 2009, file photo, then-Citigroup CEO Richard Parsons listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the economy at Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, at a hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

CBS says it has named media industry veteran Richard Parsons as interim chairman of the board as the company moves to reshape itself following the ouster of longtime chief Les Moonves.

Parsons is the former chairman of Time Warner and Citicorp. He was added to the board of CBS earlier this month along with five others as the company pursues an independent investigation into Moonves.

Moonves resigned just after six women joined others who had previously accused the long-time television executive with sexual misconduct.

CBS also said Tuesday that two other board members were stepping down. Bruce Gordon and William Cohen had been on the company's board since it became a standalone public company in 2006.

  • Monday, Sep. 24, 2018
Mel Gibson to direct, co-write remake of "The Wild Bunch"
In this Nov. 16, 2017 file photo, Mel Gibson arrives at the premiere of "Daddys Home 2," in London. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Mel Gibson will co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic 1969 Western "The Wild Bunch."

Warner Bros. on Monday confirmed that Gibson will helm the production, with Bryan Bagby to co-write the script with him. It will be Gibson's first time directing since his 2016 World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge," for which Gibson earned a best directing Oscar nomination.

"Hacksaw Ridge" was nominated for six Academy Awards including best picture. The Oscar reception was seen by some as a comeback for Gibson in Hollywood years after he pleaded no contest in 2011 to spousal battery of his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. In 2006, he went on an anti-Semitic tirade while being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

No production start or release date for "The Wild Bunch" was announced. Gibson is first prepping a World War II drama to star Mark Wahlberg.

  • Monday, Sep. 24, 2018
SiriusXM buying Pandora Media in $3.5 billion deal
In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, the Pandora logo appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK -- 

Subscription radio company SiriusXM says it's buying music streaming service Pandora Media Inc. in a stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion that'll allow it to expand its service beyond cars and into homes and other mobile areas.

SiriusXM Holdings Inc. has more than 36 million subscribers in North America, while Pandora has more than 70 million monthly active users.

Pandora stockholders will receive 1.44 newly issued SiriusXM shares for each Pandora share they own. Pandora has a "go-shop" period in which it can solicit other offers from third parties.

Both companies' boards have approved the transaction, which is expected to close in 2019's first quarter. It still needs approval from Pandora shareholders.

Shares of Pandora, based in Oakland, California, jumped more than 8 percent in Monday premarket trading. SiriusXM's stock declined 4 percent.

  • Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018
Danny DeVito receives lifetime achievement award in Spain
In this Sunday, March 25, 2012 file photo, Danny DeVito arrives for the Jameson Empire Awards at a central London venue. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short, File)
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) -- 

Actor Danny DeVito has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's most prestigious film festival in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian.

DeVito, 73, received the award from the San Sebastian International Film Festival during Saturday's gala. The American comic film star is promoting the animated children's film "Smallfoot" at the festival.

DeVito won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in the 1970-80's TV sitcom series "Taxi." Other career highlights include leading roles in the hit 1980s comedies "Throw Momma from the Train" and "Twins" and scores of endearing supporting parts.

He also shared an Oscar nomination for best picture as a producer of "Erin Brockovich" in 2000.

He currently stars in the TV series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
Tribeca TV Fest: Hargitay hails impact of "SVU" as it marks 20 seasons
Mariska Hargitay attends the NBC 2018-2019 season casts party at The Four Seasons Restaurant on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Mariska Hargitay thinks "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there is still a lot of work to do.

The star of the TV drama spoke as the NBC show celebrated its 20th season Thursday (9/20) at the Tribeca TV Festival.

Hargitay has been playing Lt. Olivia Benson from the first episode. She said she was initially drawn to the show because it was tackling issues that others weren't.

"It's an incredibly progressive show, progressive idea, and really starting a conversation and taking sexual assault, domestic violence, and these issues that were traditionally swept under the carpet," Hargitay said.

"The conversation is in full swing, and that's very exciting. I think the show has really been a huge part of the cultural education on sexual violence. I think we have taken on the issues of consent and the neurobiology of trauma and created a survivor-centric show that was utterly unique."

Hargitay even created the Joyful Heart Foundation to help empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.

"Being immersed in this material and learning the statistics and learning about the shame and isolation that survivors of sexual violence feel, that is what really called me to start my own foundation and to respond to the subject matter that I was being immersed in every day," she said.

Ice-T, who joined the show at the end of the first season, admits he was surprised by the impact that it has had on its audience.

"It took about a year or so of people saying 'thank you' to realize that it was therapy for a lot of people. These are survivors," he said.

The second annual Tribeca TV Festival, a spinoff of the Tribeca Film Festival, showcases dozens of series premieres. Most will be followed by panel chats with talent, writers and producers. Highlights will include the world premiere of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" season 12 and new season openers of "Empire," ''Madam Secretary" and "Ray Donovan."

The 20th season of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" kicks off Sept. 27 with a two-part episode.

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
The Mill adds Texas shop 3008 to its remote color grading network
Brian Hwang
LOS ANGELES -- 

The Mill has added Dallas-based editorial company 3008 to its remote color grading network, which currently includes 20+ facilities around the world. The partnership enables clients in the Dallas area to collaborate in real-time with any of The Mill’s award-winning colorists in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The Mill’s network of virtual outposts provides state-of-the-art access and communication to its creative talent, offering the same world-class output regardless of where a client may be located. In working with 3008, which maintains technology and screens identically calibrated to match the picture a client would see in any of The Mill’s studios, it’s the first time that any Dallas-based agency, production company or brand will be able to work directly with The Mill’s colorist of their choosing as if they’re in the same room.

The Mill’s group color director Dee Allen said, “By growing our capabilities in Dallas, we’re able to offer our clients more opportunities than ever to work with us--just as they would if they were to visit any of The Mill’s studios. In 3008, we’ve found an ideal partner whose services, investment in their community, and standard of quality we trust. We look forward to many collaborations ahead.”

Brian Hwang, exec producer at 3008, added, “It’s important that we offer our clients the very best talent possible. And when it comes to color, the level of experience that The Mill provides is exceptional. Not only that; we love working with teams that share a genuine passion for developing great work. We consider the partnership to be a big asset, and particularly for our locally-based clients, who will now have access to The Mill’s award-winning color services, right in their own backyard.”

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
"Pod Save America" political podcast is coming to HBO
In this July 25, 2018 file photo, Jon Favreau, from left, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor participate in the "Pod Save America" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The popular political podcast "Pod Save America" is coming to HBO for a series of four specials.

"Pod Save America" will be hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, who worked for the Obama administration. They will provide insight and commentary on the political news of the week.

The series will debut Oct. 12 at 11 p.m. Eastern. The four episodes will be taped in front of live audiences in Miami; Austin, Texas; Philadelphia; and Irvine, California.

Midterm elections will be held Nov. 6.

  • Friday, Sep. 21, 2018
"Veronica Mars" starring Kristen Bell gets revived by Hulu
In this Sept. 17, 2018 file photo, Kristen Bell arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Veronica Mars has another mystery to solve.

Hulu has ordered eight new one-hour interconnected episodes of the series, starring Kristen Bell, that premiered in 2004 and aired on UPN for two seasons and The CW for one. Bell announced the news Thursday on her Instagram account.

The original series centered around Bell as a whip-smart high school student named Veronica, who was a teenage detective and made the actress a star.

This isn't the first revival of "Veronica Mars."

In 2013, Bell and series creator Rob Thomas launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a "Veronica Mars" feature film that premiered in 2014 and took place 10 years after the show ended.

Hulu has also secured the streaming rights to the series.

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