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  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

Fourteen producers representing 10 projects in TV, film, unscripted and documentary have been selected for the Producers Guild of America (PGA) 16th annual Power of Diversity Master Workshop. The eight-week workshop offers twice-weekly master classes on pitching, premise development, film finance, line producing, demystifying the writers’ room, agent and manager representation, distribution, deal making and the world of virtual and augmented reality, headlined by some of the top producers and executives in the industry. 

The PGA-member led selection committee reviewed hundreds of applications to identify stellar projects to support and help prepare for the marketplace. In addition to twice-weekly master classes, each project will be assigned two PGA member mentors who will provide in-depth feedback, make referrals and become champions for their projects to the industry. “The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is profound and widespread. However, More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
This Sept. 14, 2016 file photo shows host Jimmy Kimmel posing for a photo with a replica of an Emmy statue at the Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day in Los Angeles. Kimmel will return as host and will serve as executive producer for the 72nd Emmy Awards. The show will be broadcast, Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Jimmy Kimmel will host the first major Hollywood awards ceremony of the coronavirus pandemic — but just how the Emmys will be held remains cloudy.

Kimmel, who is also producing the Sept. 20 ceremony on ABC honoring TV's best, acknowledged that in Tuesday's announcement. 

"I don't know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it," the ABC late-night host said in a statement.

The network said details on the show's production will be announced soon. Choosing Kimmel to emcee the ceremony reverses course from last year's no-host Emmys.

The entertainment industry is just beginning to restart production following a months-long shutdown aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19. Orchestrating an awards ceremony during the ongoing pandemic with its crowd of presenters, nominees and guests is a daunting prospect, whether done virtually or otherwise.

While More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2020
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in a scene from "Wonder Woman 1984." Warner Bros. will hold a 24-hour virtual event in August featuring the biggest heroes in the DC Comics universe. The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome will be held on the event’s website on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. Pacific. Virtual panels will feature cast and creators from DC films including “The Batman,” “Black Adam” and “Wonder Woman 1984. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros Pictures via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Comic-Con may be canceled this year, but Warner Bros. will convene a 24-hour virtual gathering of the biggest names in the DC Comics universe.

The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome  will be held on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. PDT. The event will feature talent announcements and reveal new content from WB games, comics, film and television. 

The announcement comes a couple months after Comic-Con, which attracts tens of thousands of comics fans to San Diego, was canceled due to the coronavirus-related restrictions around large gatherings. 

Virtual panels will feature cast and creators from DC films including "The Batman," "Black Adam" and "Wonder Woman 1984." The panels will also highlight casts from television shows such as "The Flash," "Stargirl" and "Black Lightning."

"Wonder Woman 1984" was expected to be one of the summer's biggest releases, but its arrival in theaters has been delayed until October.

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  • Monday, Jun. 15, 2020
This Sept. 19, 2019 photo shows Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos arriving to a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Bezos is willing to testify to the congressional panel investigating the market dominance of Big Tech, but along with other tech industry CEOs, lawyers for the company say, according to a published report Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is willing to testify to the congressional panel investigating the market dominance of Big Tech, but along with other tech industry CEOs, lawyers for the company say, according to a published report Monday.

Last month, leaders of the House Judiciary Committee from both parties asked Bezos to testify to address possible misleading statements by the company on its competition practices. They held out the threat of a subpoena if he didn't agree voluntarily to appear.

Amazon is willing to cooperate with the probe and to make "the appropriate executive" available to testify — including Bezos with other tech CEOs at a hearing this summer, an attorney for Amazon told the lawmakers in a letter, The Wall Street Journal reported.

However, the letter also said Amazon would first want to discuss timing and format of Bezos's possible testimony and the committee's pending requests for documents, according to The Journal. More

  • Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
In this May 12, 2018, file photo, director Christopher Nolan poses during a photo call at the 71st international film festival in Cannes, southern France. Warner Bros. says it will release Nolan's latest film, the sci-fi espionage spectacle “Tenet," in theaters on July 31, 2020. The release date has been closely watched because so many other releases during the film industry's blockbuster-filled summer season have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The closely watched arrival of Christopher Nolan's big-budget sci-fi espionage film "Tenet" will finally happen on July 31, Warner Bros. announced Friday.

The studio said it would delay the release by two weeks and instead re-issue Nolan's 2010 sci-fi blockbuster "Inception" in mid-July. 

The release date for "Tenet" has been closely watched in all corners of the film industry, which has faced shuttered theaters due to the coronavirus since mid-March. Movie theaters plan to reopen in July for a vastly different summer season than the one the industry had planned.

The Marvel film "Black Widow" and the ninth installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, both expected to arrive in the early summer, have delayed their releases.

Warner Bros. also announced Friday that "Wonder Woman 1984," a sequel to its 2017 hit, would shift from an August release to Oct. 2.

"Tenet" will arrive in theaters a week after Disney's live- More

  • Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
In this Jan. 28, 2018 file photo, Dave Chappelle poses in the press room with the best comedy album award for "The Age of Spin" and "Deep in the Heart of Texas" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Chappelle celebrated George Floyd’s life and ripped the media for the way it handled his death in a surprise Netflix special. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men.

"I don't mean to get heavy but we got to say something," said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring "the wrath of God" for a string of police assaults on black men. 

The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix's comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6. 

Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for more than eight minutes even after he pleaded for air and stopped moving, an ordeal caught on video. Chappelle called his special "8:46" in part after the length of time the officer was on top of the handcuffed Floyd. 

It is also the time Chappelle was born on Aug. 24, 1973. "I can't get that More

  • Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

British regulators have opened an investigation into Facebook's recent purchase of Giphy over concerns that it will stifle competition. 

The Competition and Markets Authority said Friday it's examining the deal over concern it will result in "substantial lessening of competition in any market or markets in the United Kingdom." 

The social network acquired Giphy last month in a deal reportedly worth $400 million. Giphy is a popular tool for creating the animated images known as GIFs that pepper conversations around the internet.

Facebook has said it wants to integrate Giphy into Instagram but the authority ordered the companies to keep their businesses separate during the investigation. 

At the time of the deal, about half of Giphy's traffic came from Facebook's apps, which also include Messenger and WhatsApp. 

  • Friday, Jun. 12, 2020
In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, Nanci Ryder attends the The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close friends to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday, June 11, 2020, of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig's disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. 

Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf.

Ryder's clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for "Judy" earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a "second mother." 

Ryder was given the 2018 ALS Hero Award and her acceptance speech was read by one of her best friends, Don Diamont from CBS' "Young and Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautifu," as she was unable to speak. More

  • Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020
This combo photo shows director Alejandro González Iñárritu at the awards ceremony at the 63rd international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 23, 2010, left, and actress Salma Hayek during a photocall at the 70th International Film Festival, Berlinale, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/File)
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- 

Oscar-winning Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu joined actress Salma Hayek to set up a fund to help support movie industry workers out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Mexican Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences announced the fund Thursday. González Iñárritu spoke via a video call.

"This was an act of solidarity with our colleagues in this industry, without asking anybody else besides ourselves," González Iñárritu said.

The fund has raised about $440,000 so far, and more donations are expected. Each beneficiary will get a one-time payment of about $885. 

The money will go first to technical workers like set, costume, sound and visual employees left without work after most productions stopped filming amid the pandemic. First in line will be those who are suffering health problems or who are sole breadwinners. 

La Corriente del Golfo, a company founded by Gael García Bernal More

  • Thursday, Jun. 11, 2020
In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, comedian and media mogul Byron Allen poses for a picture in Los Angeles. Allen and Comcast have settled a long-running a long-running racial discrimination dispute, and the cable giant will add three of the black media mogul’s channels to its cable packages. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Comcast settled a long-running a long-running racial discrimination dispute with black media mogul Byron Allen, agreeing to add three of Allen's channels to its cable packages. 

Allen sued Comcast for $20 billion in 2015 for refusing to carry seven of his networks, saying it was because of his race. Comcast said it declined to carry the channels because the programming wasn't original or of sufficient quality. Allen also sued Charter, another cable company, for $10 billion for refusing to carry his networks. 

The case made it to the Supreme Court, which in March reversed a lower court ruling in favor of Allen.  The Supreme Court said Allen had to show race was the decisive factor in Comcast's decision not to offer him a contract, not one of several factors. Allen called that ruling "harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans."

Comcast and Allen's company, Entertainment Studios Networks, said Wednesday that Comcast would More

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