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  • Monday, Jun. 22, 2015
Actor Richard Gere arrives for the 61th Taormina Film Festival, in Taormina, Sicily Island, Italy, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The festival runs from June 13 to 20. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)
PRAGUE (AP) -- 

The international film festival at the Czech spa of Karlovy Vary will honor U.S. actor Richard Gere for his outstanding contribution to world cinema.

Gere will present his movie "Time Out of Mind" to kick off the festival together with director Oren Moverman and actress Jena Malone.

Organizers said Monday that actor Harvey Keitel, who was honored in 2004, returns with Paolo Sorrentino's new film "Youth."

Actor Jamie Dornan and director Sean Ellis will also be among those attending to introduce their project "Anthropoid."

The 50th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival opens July 3 and runs through July 11.

The festival's grand jury, which includes U.S. cinema operator and distributor Tim League, will consider 13 movies this year for the top prize, the Crystal Globe.

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  • Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
This July 2013 file photo shows a sign at eBay's headquarters in San Jose, Calif. (AP file photo).
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- 

E-commerce company eBay has sold its 28.4 percent stake in Craigslist back to the online classified advertising site, ending years of legal wrangling between the two companies.

The move announced Friday comes as eBay prepares to split with its online payments system PayPal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

EBay, which is based in San Jose, California, bought a stake in Craigslist in 2004. But the two companies have tussled in the legal arena. Craigslist has long accused eBay of using confidential information to start its own classifieds site in the U.S. in 2007.

In 2010, a judge ruled that Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster violated their responsibilities to eBay with changes they implemented that diluted eBay's share from 28.4 percent to 24.9 percent and made it harder for eBay to sell the stake.

EBay said with the repurchase, all litigation between eBay and More

  • Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
In this March 11, 2010 file photo, Comcast Corporation founder Ralph Roberts attends a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumers, competition, and the proposed Comcast-NBC merger, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Ralph Roberts, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into one of the nation's largest entertainment companies, has died. He was 95.

Comcast said in a statement that Roberts died Thursday night in Philadelphia of natural causes.

Roberts jumped into the fledgling cable TV industry in 1963 by spending $500,000 to buy American Cable Systems, a company with 1,200 subscribers in Tupelo, Miss. He then acquired other cable systems, changed the name of the company to Comcast and ran the company until he was in his 80s.

He handed control of the company to one of his sons, Brian, who is now Comcast's chairman and CEO, while keeping the title of chairman emeritus. The younger Roberts expanded beyond his father's vision and led Comcast to own NBCUniversal.

"He remade the cable industry. When he started, it was a bunch of mom and pop businesses. He's shown that you can take More

  • Friday, Jun. 19, 2015
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- 

HBO's "Veep" is leaving Maryland after four years after the series scored $6.5 million in California film tax credits.

HBO announced Thursday that it will move production of the show starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus to southern California.

HBO spokeswoman Cecile Cross-Plummer says Maryland has been home to many vital HBO projects, including "The Corner," ''The Wire" and "Game Change," and they "look forward to returning with another production in the future."

Baltimore Film Office Director Debbie Dorsey says the departure hurts the city's creative culture and its economy.

State officials say "Veep," which filmed in Columbia, Baltimore and Sykesville, received $13.9 million in tax credits from Maryland over the past three seasons and the production company hired 3,069 Maryland residents and used 2,882 businesses.

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  • Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

YouTube has started a video news service to showcase the most interesting clips recorded and posted by eyewitnesses at events unfolding around the world.

The service, called "YouTube Newswire," is being compiled by Storyful, an Internet service owned by News Corp. that also recently started to package interesting stories posted on social networking leader Facebook.

YouTube is trying to make it easier to find the most compelling news clips amid the 300 hours of video posted on its site each minute. It says its visitors watch more than 5 million hours of news video each day.

Google Inc., YouTube's owner, has been using an automated formula to highlight the top news stories in a section of its Internet search engine since 2002.

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
his April 4, 2012 file photo shows NBC News' Brian Williams, at the premiere of the HBO original series "Girls," in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Brian Williams won't return as NBC "Nightly News" anchor at the conclusion of his suspension for misrepresenting his role in a news story and following an investigation into other alleged misstatements.

The New York Times and CNN both reported an announcement on Williams' future is expected on Thursday. NBC News officials and Robert Barnett, Williams' representative in negotiations with the network over the past several weeks, would not comment Wednesday on the reports.

Williams and NBC have been discussing an undefined role for him at the network. Lester Holt has subbed for Williams on NBC's evening newscast and is the odds-on favorite to be his permanent replacement.

NBC has been tight-lipped about its negotiations with Williams, who signed a new contract to be the network's chief news anchor last fall.

Williams was suspended in February for falsely saying that he was in a helicopter More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
In this April 7, 2015 file photo, Irish actor Jason O'Mara poses for a portrait in New York. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
ATLANTA (AP) -- 

USA Network's new show "Complications" isn't the typical medical drama.

True, the story involves an emergency room doctor, his trusty nurse and a bunch of medical jargon. But the series is more of a dark thriller, merging the worlds of street crime and medicine together.

"The most interesting stuff happens outside of the hospital. There's a lot of depth here with a lot of dilemmas," said Jason O'Mara, the star of "Complications," which premieres at 9 p.m. EDT Thursday on USA.

O'Mara plays John Ellison, an ER doctor struggling to cope with his daughter's recent death. While out driving, he randomly witnesses a drive-by shooting between rival gang members and takes vigilante measures to save a young boy's life. Ellison's noble act ultimately places him in the middle of a bloody gang war.

Ellison enlists the help of Gretchen Polk (Jessica Szohr), a so-called reckless but capable nurse with More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
Filmmakers from first immigrant screening.
NEW YORK -- 

NYWIFT (New York Women in Film & Television) is presenting a one-time production workshop on Saturday, June 27, taught by Third World Newsreel for girls and women of all ages (15+)  who are immigrants or first-generation Americans. This workshop is a part of NYWIFT’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative, Immigrant Women: Sharing Our Voices Through Film, and will focus on teaching the basics of documentary storytelling and production. Participants will create a short group documentary.

The workshop will take place at Maspeth Town Hall located at 5337 72nd St Maspeth, NY 11378 from 10am-5pm. Food will be provided.

Topics covered in this workshop include:

• Camera techniques
• Executing interviews
• Shot composition
• Story structure
• Other technical production skills

By the end of this workshop, participants will have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of video More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
Sandra Bullock arrives at the Women in Film 2015 Crystal And Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

When Nicole Kidman was a young actress, Jane Campion offered her a role in one of her early films. Kidman declined the part because it required her to wear a shower cap and kiss a girl, and she dreamed of being the kind of actress who had long, flowing hair and kissed boys.

Kidman still regrets missing this opportunity, she said Tuesday as she accepted a trophy at Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards. She said she is no longer afraid to attempt the unexpected, urging women to "take risks, raise our voices and honor the fire within." The Oscar winner also pulled a shower cap from her purse and declared she was "ready ... to kiss any woman in the room." Longtime friend Naomi Watts, who presented Kidman with her award, took her up on the offer.

Also honored during the dinner ceremony at the Century Plaza Hotel were director Ava DuVernay, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, actress Kate Mara, talent More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2015
In this July 13, 2012 file photo Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, arrives at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Twenty-First Century Fox said Tuesday that Rupert Murdoch will turn over more power to his sons James and Lachlan on July 1.

James Murdoch, 42, will become CEO and Lachlan Murdoch, 43, will become executive co-chairman of the company that day. News of the Murdoch brothers' promotions at Fox emerged last week but the timing had not been confirmed.

Twenty-First Century Fox's holdings include Fox News Channel, Fox broadcast network and the 20th Century Fox movie studio. Corporate functions as well as TV and film operations will jointly report to the Murdoch brothers, the company said.

Eighty-four year-old Rupert Murdoch has been CEO of the company since 1979 and chairman since 1991. He is also the executive chairman at News Corp., the company that now contains The Wall Street Journal and New York Post newspapers and book publisher HarperCollins.

Chase Carey, president and co-chief operating More

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