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  • Monday, Jun. 1, 2020
NEW YORK -- 

For the first time in its five-year history, the global Next Creative Leaders competition run jointly by The One Club for Creativity and The 3% Movement has expanded its diversity and inclusion remit to accept entries from both womxn and non-binary creatives.  

The call for entries is now open for the 2020 Next Creative Leaders (NCL), a portfolio competition that identifies, celebrates and gives a global platform to talented womxn creatives who are making their mark on the world with both their work and a unique point of view on creative leadership that’s changing the industry for the better.  

“As a program focused on inclusion and diversity, it was important to expand the scope of eligibility to also include non-binary creatives,” said Kasia Karolak, gender equality program manager, The One Club.

Also new for 2020 is the addition of NCL regional honors.  Along with naming 10 global winners based upon the highest scores from judges More

  • Friday, May. 29, 2020
In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London. The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Grammys is putting together an event featuring Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Herbie Hancock and Harry Connick, Jr. to honor essential workers across America.

The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards annually, announced Thursday that the two-hour special, "United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to the Unsung Heroes," will air June 21 on CBS.

"United We Sing" will follow Connick Jr. — who is hosting — and his filmmaker-daughter Georgia Connick on a road trip celebrating and thanking essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Winfrey, Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Queen Latifah, Renée Zellweger and Drew Brees will also deliver special messages to workers. 

The event will also feature performances by Hancock, John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Tim McGraw, Little Big Town, Andra Day, Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Rockin Dopsie, Jon Batiste and Connick Jr. 

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  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2020
This March 11, 2019 file photo shows Gabrielle Union at the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Kickoff in Pasadena, Calif. An investigation of Gabrielle Union’s complaints of racism on the set of “America’s Got Talent” concluded that her allegations were unfounded, according to NBC and the show’s producers. The outside investigator also concluded that her claims had “no bearing” on the show’s decision to drop her as a judge, the network and production companies FremantleMedia and Syco said in a joint statement Wednesday. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

An investigation of Gabrielle Union's complaints of racism on the set of "America's Got Talent" concluded that her allegations were unfounded, according to NBC and the show's producers.

The outside review also said that Union's claims had "no bearing" on the show's decision to drop her as a judge, the network and production companies FremantleMedia and Syco said in a joint statement Wednesday. Syco is series host and producer Simon Cowell's joint venture with Sony Music.

Union, known for her roles in the films "Bring It On" and "Bad Boys II," appeared on the talent showcase for a season, until she and fellow freshman judge Julianne Hough weren't asked to return. 

The trade publication Variety reported that Union, who is black, believed she was fired because she had asked NBC and the show's producers to respond to an environment that tolerated racist jokes and remarks. That included what Union said were multiple notes from producers More

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2020
In this Aug. 29, 2018 file photo, Tom Cruise poses for photos during a red carpet event for the movie "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" at the Imperial Ancestral Temple in Beijing, China. Before the Wednesday, May 27, 2020 planned launch of two NASA astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, said, “I will tell you this: NASA has been in talks with Tom Cruise and, of course, his team, and we will do everything we can to make it a successful mission, including opening up the International Space Station," he told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- 

NASA is rolling out the International Space Station's red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. 

The space agency's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said before Wednesday's planned launch of two NASA astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket that Elon Musk's company is already getting customers eager to blast off.

Cruise is one of them.

Bridenstine said he'll leave it to Cruise and SpaceX to provide the mission details.

"I will tell you this: NASA has been in talks with Tom Cruise and, of course, his team, and we will do everything we can to make it a successful mission, including opening up the International Space Station," he told The Associated Press.

Asked about Cruise filming on the space station, Musk told "CBS This Morning," "Actually, I think that remains to be seen. We are supportive and I think NASA is supportive of anything that captures the imagination of the public."

Bridenstine said the whole More

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2020
In this April 20, 2017 photo released by NBC, Jimmy Fallon, host of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," appears during a taping of his show in New York. Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that “there is no excuse for this.” Discussion of Fallon’s 20-year-old skit surfaced this week after a video of it was posted online. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

NBC "Tonight" show host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for doing an impersonation of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that "there is no excuse for this."

Discussion of Fallon's 20-year-old skit surfaced this week after a video of it was posted online. According to Variety, it was first posted on Twitter by a user named "chefboyohdear," and showed Fallon, as Rock, appearing on a talk show.

Fallon tweeted that it was a terrible decision to impersonate Rock, also a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member.

"I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable," the late-night star wrote.

The Twitter user who posted the clip mentioned Megyn Kelly, who was taken off the "Today" show and eventually left NBC News after suggesting in 2018 that it was OK for children to wear blackface in More

  • Wednesday, May. 27, 2020
D&AD Pencils
LONDON -- 

D&AD has unveiled plans for a New Blood Digital Festival running from July 6-10 in place of its annual Festival at London’s Truman Brewery. Following ongoing restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the digital festival will provide a virtual platform which continues to support and stimulate emerging creative talent during what will be a challenging year for graduates. 

Since 1980, New Blood has inspired and celebrated the young creative community through its prestigious awards program, and helped to bridge the gap between creative education and the industry through its annual New Blood Festival in London. While hosting a physical festival is not possible this year, D&AD feels that it is more important than ever to support the emerging talent who are faced with uncertainty and disruption as they enter the creative industries. 

Working with the wider creative industry, alongside its network of educators and student community, D&AD More

  • Tuesday, May. 26, 2020
In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, the CBS logo appears onscreen at the Winter TCAs in Pasadena, Calif. The state of California is suing CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show’s cinematographer, Gregory St. Johns, engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The state of California filed a lawsuit Tuesday against CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series "Criminal Minds," alleging that the show's cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years. 

The suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing says the show's production team knew of and condoned the behavior of cinematographer Gregory St. Johns throughout the 14 years he spent on "Criminal Minds," and fired more than a dozen men who resisted his unwanted groping and sexual harassment. 

"With the aid of defendants, St. Johns created an unchecked intimidating, hostile, and offensive work environment on the set of Criminal Minds," the lawsuit alleges.

The popular crime procedural, which ran on CBS from 2005 until earlier this year, was co-produced by CBS and the Disney-owned ABC Signature Studios. 

Those three entities along with More

  • Tuesday, May. 26, 2020
In this May 24, 2019, file photo, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over The ESPYS two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson’s singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

It's a way different kind of year, and so The ESPYs will be, too. For the first time, the show will feature three hosts in remote settings and a changed focus. Instead of honoring the past year's top athletes and moments in sports, the show is celebrating heroism and humanitarian aid.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will preside over the two-hour broadcast airing June 21 on ESPN. All three live in the Seattle area. Rapinoe and Bird are partners who share a household, which conveniently eases some logistics. Wilson's singer-wife, Ciara, is likely to make an appearance, too.

"We liked the idea of having athletes from diverse sports that represent something for every fan," show producer Jeff Smith said by phone. "We're finding ways to make this feel really connected to the audience. They're so ready to reach out to this community."

It's quite a departure from the red More

  • Friday, May. 22, 2020
LOS ANGELES -- 

In light of the global pandemic and the current circumstances facing the entertainment industry, HBO will redirect funds allocated for the company’s landmark Emmy® party and FYC events to make a $1 million donation to the charitable efforts of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
 
“On behalf of Bob Greenblatt and myself, we are proud to make this contribution from HBO instead of using it for our traditional Emmy party and FYC events,” said Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming. “I am tremendously proud of all of our shows in Emmy® contention this year, and I am hopeful they will receive the recognition I believe is richly deserved for all of our talented collaborators, in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to being able to get back to the work we love.”
 
The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund is providing essential support to emergent, critical needs identified More

  • Thursday, May. 21, 2020
This May 5, 2019 file photo shows Alex Trebek presenting an award at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif. The “Jeopardy!” veteran host's nomination for best game show host could give him for a second consecutive win in the category. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The first season of "The Kelly Clarkson Show" received Daytime Emmy Awards nominations for best entertainment talk show and host, while "Jeopardy!" veteran Alex Trebek's nod for best game show host could give him a second consecutive win in the category.

"General Hospital" earned a leading 23 nominations Thursday, including best daytime drama, lead actress nods for Finola Hughes and Maura West, and lead actor nods for Steve Burton and Jon Lindstrom.

Other top nominees are "Days of Our Lives" with 22 bids, "The Young and the Restless" with 21 and "The Bold and the Beautiful" with 13. 

"Days of Our Lives" star Susan Seaforth Hayes was nominated for best supporting drama actress. Hayes, 76, is the only cast member to appear in the series in each of the six decades that it has been on the air.

Trebek, who has continued to host "Jeopardy!" as he battles pancreatic cancer, has won six Daytime Emmys for his work on the show, and More

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