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  • Sunday, Jul. 29, 2018
Octavia Spencer to star as black haircare mogul Madam Walker
This Feb. 6, 2017 file photo shows Octavia Spencer at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.(AP) -- 

Octavia Spencer is bringing the story of black haircare mogul Madam C.J. Walker to television.

Netflix said Sunday that Spencer will produce and star in a limited series about the outsized life of Sarah Breedlove, who was known professionally as Walker.

The eight-episode drama is based on the book "On Her Own Ground" by A'Lelia Bundles and includes basketball star LeBron James as a producer.

Walker became one of America's first self-made female millionaires by creating and marketing hair products for African-Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

Netflix said the series will detail the hostility, rivalries and tumultuous personal life that marked Walker's life.

Spencer is an Oscar-winning actress whose credits include "The Shape of Water," ''Hidden Figures" and "The Help."

A release date for "Madam C.J. Walker" was not announced.

  • Friday, Jul. 27, 2018
Next "Star Wars" film to use unreleased Carrie Fisher footage
In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, actress Carrie Fisher attends a special screening of, "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds," at Alice Tully Hall in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Carrie Fisher is not done with "Star Wars" after all — Lucasfilm says unreleased footage of the actress will be used in the next installment of the "Star Wars" saga to draw her character's story to an end.

The studio and writer-director J.J. Abrams announced Friday that footage of Fisher shot for 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be used in the ninth film in the space opera's core trilogies about the Skywalker family that includes Fisher's character, Leia.

Filming is scheduled to begin Wednesday at London's Pinewood Studios.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, will also appear in the film, which for the moment is simply called "Episode IX." It is scheduled to be released in December 2019.

Fisher died in December 2016 after she finished work on the middle installment in the trilogy, "The Last Jedi." Director Rian Johnson opted not alter her storyline, leaving Leia's fate to be handled by Abrams.

"We desperately loved Carrie Fisher," Abrams said in a statement. "Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us."

He said recasting Fisher or recreating her using computer graphics, as was done in a spinoff film "Rogue One," was not an option.

"With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie's legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII."

Friday's announcement also confirmed that Billy Dee Williams will be returning to the franchise as Lando Calrissian, a hero of the rebellion who hasn't been seen in the latest trilogy.

Also returning to the film are Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran, who all play heroes.

Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson, who play villains in the latest films, are also returning.

  • Friday, Jul. 27, 2018
Disney's acquisition of Fox entertainment gains shareholder approval
In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Disney's $71.3 billion acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox's entertainment division is one step closer after shareholders approved the deal Friday.

The tie-up brings together Marvel's X-Men and Avengers franchises and creates an entertainment behemoth in the digital streaming era. The shareholder vote caps a saga that began in December 2017, when Disney made its first offer for part of Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate. It kicked off a bidding war with Comcast, which dropped out last week focus on attempted buyout of the European pay-TV operator Sky.

The Fox deal will help Disney compete with technology players like Amazon and Netflix. The agreement is not expected to close for several months and still requires regulatory approvals.

  • Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
Kennedy Center honors for Cher, Reba McEntire, Phillip Glass, Wayne Shorter, "Hamilton"
In this Aug. 21, 2016, file photo, singer and actress Cher stops to talk to media as she leaves a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum in Provincetown, Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

Cher, composer Phillip Glass, country music star Reba McEntire and jazz legend Wayne Shorter will be honored for lifetime achievements in the arts at this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

The national arts center also announced Wednesday a special award for the genre-bending musical "Hamilton," as part of the gala set for Dec. 2.

Before last year's program, several honorees threatened a boycott if President Donald Trump attended. He and first lady Melania Trump decided to skip the event "to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," as the White House put it.

The White House said it's too early to know whether Trump will participate in this year's ceremony. Trump may attend the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, which ends Dec. 1.

Glass said he hopes Trump does show up as a conciliatory gesture to the arts community.

"If he were to come, it would represent a real broadening of his perspective," Glass said. "American arts really is our biggest contribution to the world, far more than our politics."

Last year, the Kennedy Center's president, Deborah F. Rutter, publicly thanked Trump for allowing the night to focus solely on the arts and the honorees. But she also said she hoped to see the president attend in the future.

"I always hope that the person in that office makes a point of showing as much support for American arts and culture as his predecessors did and as his successors will," Rutter said in an interview.

The "Hamilton" honor marks a first-time honor for a specific piece of art, and a first for a contemporary work. The award will go to the four main creators of the musical: writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire.

The musical is playing at the Kennedy Center through mid-September.

"This work has had such a huge impact in such a short time. It not only changed the way that people think about art, it changed the way they think about history and the storytelling of history," said Rutter, who didn't think awards like this would become regular events. "We felt it was important to honor it in real time and not 30 years in the future."

The four men said in a statement that the honor was "humbling beyond our wildest expectations for our show."

One of the special aspects of the Kennedy Center program is that each recipient is given a personalized introduction and performance by participants kept secret from the honoree.

McEntire has served as one of those surprises for four past honorees: Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett.

"When the curtain went up, I could see the surprise in their eyes," she said. "I can't wait to see who they come up with for me."

  • Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
AMC reinstates "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick
In this July 21, 2017 file photo, Chris Hardwick moderates the "Fear The Walking Dead" panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

AMC host Chris Hardwick is returning to work after a review of sexual assault allegations against him by a former girlfriend.

The network says returning Hardwick to work at "Talking Dead" and "Talking with Chris Hardwick" is the "appropriate step" after a review that included interviews with numerous people.

It says Hardwick will return to "Talking Dead" Aug. 12. Substitute host Yvette Nicole Brown will be interim guest host of "The Walking Dead Season 9 Preview Special" on Aug. 5, and a guest on "Talking Dead" on Aug. 12.

Hardwick has acknowledged that an online post by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra alleging she had been sexually assaulted and emotionally abused referred to him. He has denied the allegations but has said the couple's three-year relationship was imperfect and included arguments.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018
HBO's "Deadwood" series to get new life as TV movie
In this Feb. 9, 2005 file photo, David Milch, left, creator of the HBO series "Deadwood," appears on the set with Larry Cedar, center, and Peter Jason in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.(AP) -- 

"Deadwood" fans can exhale.

HBO says it's greenlighted a long-discussed movie based on the Western drama that ended a dozen years ago.

HBO programming chief Casey Bloys said Wednesday that production is scheduled to begin in October. An air date has yet to be set but it could debut in spring 2019, he said.

Bloys told a TV critics' meeting it was a logistical "nightmare" getting the ensemble cast's schedules to align, but it finally worked out.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning "Deadwood" was set in the rough-and-tumble South Dakota mining town of the title.

The series aired from 2004-06 with stars including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane and Molly Parker.

It was created by David Milch, known for his work on the contemporary police dramas "NYPD Blue" and "Hill Street Blues."

  • Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018
"2HEARTS" wraps lensing in Vancouver, moves to Hawaii
“2HEARTS cast members (l-r) Adan Canto, Radha Mitchell, Tiera Skovbye and Jacob Elordi at the Alohilani Resort (photo by Kharen Hill/Silver Lion Films)

Silver Lion Films announced that 2HEARTS concluded filming in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The shoot now moves to Honolulu, Hawaii, for its final week of principal photography.
 
2HEARTS contains parallel tales that forge bonds between people never meant to meet. The movie stars charismatic young Australian, Jacob Elordi (The Kissing Booth). He plays Chris Gregory, a college freshman who falls madly in love with a caring classmate, Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale). In another place and time, Adan Canto (Narcos), a Cuban exile, falls in love with a charmingly beautiful flight attendant, Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire).

“The film explores two great love stories that come together in a truly unique way,” said director/producer Lance Hool.

This romantic drama, loosely based on a true story, is a Hool family collaboration with Lance Hool, producer Conrad Hool, casting director Carla Hool, singer-songwriter Brett Hool, and co-producer and first time writing for the big screen, Veronica Hool.  
 
Silver Lion Films is an independent film production and finance company established in 1987 by producers and brothers Lance and Conrad Hool. Next year will mark the 50th year the Hool brothers have been working in the film industry. Veronica Hool, of the next generation, is Silver Lion’s VP of development. The Hools are also owners of Santa Fe Studios, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018
Vanessa Redgrave to receive career prize at Venice Film Fest
In this file photo dated Thursday, June 21, 2018, British actress Vanessa Redgrave pose during the presentation of her new documentary movie 'Sea Sorrow', in Milan, Italy. Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize during this year’s Venice Film Festival. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, FILE)
ROME (AP) -- 

British actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the prestigious Golden Lion career prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Each year, the Venice Biennale awards two prizes to celebrate careers in cinema, one to a movie director and one to an actor or actress. Together with Redgrave, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg will receive the Golden Lion at the festival, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

Redgrave, a six-time Oscar-nominated actress, won the Academy Award in 1978 for her performance in "Julia." She won a Tony Award for best actress in a play for "Long Day's Journey into Night" in 2003.

In a statement released Tuesday by organizers, Redgrave said she was "extraordinarily happy" to learn about the prize.

Venice festival organizers are to release the lineup for the film festival on Wednesday.

  • Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2018
Netflix to open in Spain its first European production hub
MADRID (AP) -- 

Netflix says it's establishing in Spain its first content production hub on European soil as the online video entertainment platform tries to expand in different languages.

A company statement Tuesday says the new production center in the outskirts of Madrid will initially occupy close to a quarter of the 22,000 square-meter production hub currently under construction by Grupo Secuoya, a leading Spanish media company.

It says the studios are expected to be operational in September and will help Netflix's "growing slate of Spanish-language original content," including new and existing titles, co-produced or undertaken by Netflix alone.

Netflix is about to release the third season of Cable Girls, produced entirely in Spain, and has recently signed a deal with the creators of Money Heist, its most watched non-English language show.

  • Monday, Jul. 23, 2018
Golden Globe Awards set for Jan. 6, well ahead of Oscars
In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo, media and crew appear on the red carpet at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association said Monday, July 23, that the 76th annual awards ceremony will be held Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says it has picked a date for next year's Golden Globe Awards.

The association said Monday that the 76th annual awards ceremony will be held Jan. 6 in Beverly Hills, California, its usual posh setting.

Nominations for the Golden Globes movie and television categories will be announced Dec. 6.

The Globes, once dismissed by critics for some puzzling movie nominees, increasingly are in step with the Academy Awards.

The academy previously announced the Oscars will be held Feb. 24, 2019.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association says its members represent 56 countries.

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