• ‘Mighty Oak’: Film Review
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    ‘Mighty Oak’: Film Review

    Faith — the old-fashioned kind, call it spiritual or religious — is a feeling of earthly but ethereal belief. Yet most of the movies that get lumped into the category known as "faith-based" have a ploddingly literal, you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it quality. They’re about having faith in something

  • Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’
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    Bill Maher: America Gets the ‘Abusive Part of Policing but Without the Law-and-Order Part’

    Bill Maher returned with a new episode of “Real Time” on HBO Friday night, and he largely dealt with the same topic that just about everyone in the country has focused on all week: the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, and the resulting nationwide protests against police violence.In

  • Drew Brees Pushes Back at Trump About Kneeling Protests: It’s ‘Never Been’ About the American Flag
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    Drew Brees Pushes Back at Trump About Kneeling Protests: It’s ‘Never Been’ About the American Flag

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees pushed back at President Donald Trump in an open letter Friday night, saying that Americans  “can no longer use the flag” to “distract” people “from the real issues that face our black communities.”“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and

  • ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ Filmmakers on Their Docuseries’ ‘Responsibility’ to Michelle McNamara
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    ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ Filmmakers on Their Docuseries’ ‘Responsibility’ to Michelle McNamara

    When author Michelle McNamara was investigating the East Area Rapist and Original Night Stalker (soon to be know as the Golden State Killer) cases, she needed to rely on a network of other individuals including members of law enforcement and the survivors themselves to piece together enough of the story

  • Benefit Album of Minneapolis Artists Released by Tompkins Square Records
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    Benefit Album of Minneapolis Artists Released by Tompkins Square Records

    In response to George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, Tompkins Square Records today released "Out of the Ashes," a 16-track compilation album of area artists that will benefit two charitable organizations in the city. The full lineup appears below. The two organizations the

  • ‘The Vast of Night’ DP Miguel Menz on How That One Tracking Shot Was Achieved
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    ‘The Vast of Night’ DP Miguel Menz on How That One Tracking Shot Was Achieved

    "The Vast of Night" is a treat for science-fiction fans. Set in a quaint New Mexico town, Fay (Sierra McCormick) and her DJ friend Everett (Jake Horowitz) are working the high school switchboard one night and start hearing strange sounds over the airwaves. After a report of strange sightings

  • Jay Penske Has Something to Say to TheWrap About Claudia Eller
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    Jay Penske Has Something to Say to TheWrap About Claudia Eller

    PMC CEO Jay Penske rarely goes on the record. So I thought I would share his note to me on Friday in the wake of our story about the exit of Variety Editor Claudia Eller, which followed a town hall where staffers criticized her management.Penske wrote me – and cc’ed Eller and much of Variety’s business

  • China Is Preparing to Re-Open Cinemas
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    China Is Preparing to Re-Open Cinemas

    China’s national film administration says that Chinese authorities are actively doing the preparatory work needed to re-open cinemas soon, local reports said Friday.  The Securities Times cited a notice from the National Film Administration as saying that the relevant government departments are in the

  • Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Address Options for Handling Violating Content
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    Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Address Options for Handling Violating Content

    Mark Zuckerberg has addressed Facebook employees who were disappointed in the CEO’s decision to not flag or take down Donald Trump’s post that suggested the Minneapolis protesters be shot at. In the memo shared publicly on Friday, Zuckerberg acknowledged the backlash and listed seven specific policies

  • Facebook Yanks Donald Trump Campaign’s George Floyd Video Over Copyright Complaint, Following Twitter
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    Facebook Yanks Donald Trump Campaign’s George Floyd Video Over Copyright Complaint, Following Twitter

    Facebook, like Twitter, has pulled down videos centered on the killing of George Floyd uploaded by Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, after Facebook received a copyright-infringement claim on content in the segment. The social-media giant removed the campaign video -- in which Trump condemns

  • NFL Admits ‘We Were Wrong’ About Player Protests – but Doesn’t Mention Colin Kaepernick
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    NFL Admits ‘We Were Wrong’ About Player Protests – but Doesn’t Mention Colin Kaepernick

    The National Football League is now encouraging its players to “speak out and peacefully protest,” while admitting “we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier.”“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday in a video

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Admits League Incorrectly Handled Kneeling Protests
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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Admits League Incorrectly Handled Kneeling Protests

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in video posted to Twitter on Friday that the league should've listened to players' protests against racism and police brutality earlier, and expressed support on behalf of the NFL for the Black Lives Matter movement. "It has been a difficult time

  • ‘The Mandalorian’ Directors Talk Season 2 and Keeping Baby Yoda Secret
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    ‘The Mandalorian’ Directors Talk Season 2 and Keeping Baby Yoda Secret

    Fans might be foaming at the mouth with anticipation for "The Mandalorian" Season 2 to come out, but in the mean time, showrunner Jon Favreau and the directors of the first season cast their minds back to shooting the wildly popular Disney Plus series' freshman outing. During a pre-recorded

  • Abbey Road Studios Reopens After Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown
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    Abbey Road Studios Reopens After Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown

    The legendary Abbey Road Studios has opened its doors after a 10-week closure. The recording studio where the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis and countless other artists recorded classic albums reopened for business on Thursday, June 4. Melody Gardot was the lucky musician to secure the first recording session

  • TV News Roundup: MTV Announces Reality Special About COVID-19 First Responders
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    TV News Roundup: MTV Announces Reality Special About COVID-19 First Responders

    In today's TV news roundup, MTV has announced a new reality special, "True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders," and Showtime has made two of their documentaries about racial injustice free to watch.  DATES MTV will premiere a new reality special, "True Life Presents: First-Time

  • ‘Vampire Diaries’ Creator Julie Plec Goes Green in Whimsical L.A. Farmhouse
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    ‘Vampire Diaries’ Creator Julie Plec Goes Green in Whimsical L.A. Farmhouse

    Fresh off a new mega-contract with Universal Television believed to be worth upwards of $60 million, prolific fantasy series writer/creator/showrunner Julie Plec ("Vampire Diaries," "The Originals," "Legacies") has spread some of her Midas television touch to the real estate

  • Film, TV Production Can Resume in California June 12
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    Film, TV Production Can Resume in California June 12

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health said that film and TV production can resume in the state “no sooner” than June 12, as part of guidelines released by the state.Any productions will need to be approved by county public health officials, and cast, crew and other

  • WGA Report Sees Employment Parity for Underrepresented TV Writers ‘Within Two Years’
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    WGA Report Sees Employment Parity for Underrepresented TV Writers ‘Within Two Years’

    The WGA’s latest inclusion report had both good news and bad news on Friday. While the WGA West argued that parity in employment for underrepresented TV writers could be achieved “within two years,” the guild said that “systemic discrimination” may be a bigger issue.“If these trends continue, women and

  • Protesters Gather at Academy Headquarters After David Oyelowo Says Oscar Voters Snubbed ‘Selma’ Over Cast’s Activism
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    Protesters Gather at Academy Headquarters After David Oyelowo Says Oscar Voters Snubbed ‘Selma’ Over Cast’s Activism

    Protesters gathered on Friday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to support the Black Lives Matter movement. The protest comes one day after David Oyelowo, who starred in the 2014 best picture nominee "Selma" as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., revealed that Oscar voters were angered

  • New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Shirley,’ ‘Becky,’ ‘Tommaso’
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    New Movies to Watch This Week: ‘Shirley,’ ‘Becky,’ ‘Tommaso’

    Movies are slowly starting to trickle back into theaters, emphasis on the word “slowly.” For the time being, audiences’ options are still better at home, as this week's crop of new films includes outrageous new genre fare — such as “Becky,” from the directors of “Cooties,” which plays a bit like

  • Da Brat Drops New Track, Reflects on Collaborating With Mariah Carey
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    Da Brat Drops New Track, Reflects on Collaborating With Mariah Carey

    Rapper, actress and radio personality Da Brat has more than just the cover of Variety's Pride Issue to celebrate this week: the first female hip-hop artist to go platinum also just dropped new music. The timely "Quarantine With U" arrived with no set-up or fanfare, in a move that might

  • Michael Jordan Pledges $100 Million to Fight Racial Injustice
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    Michael Jordan Pledges $100 Million to Fight Racial Injustice

    Michael Jordan and his Jordan Brand pledged $100 million to organizations dedicated to fighting racial injustice, Estee Portnoy, Jordan’s manager and spokesperson, announced on Friday.The NBA legend plans to donate the money over 10 years to organizations with the goal of “ensuring racial equality, social

  • Michael Jordan Donating $100 Million to Organizations Fighting for Racial Equality
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    Michael Jordan Donating $100 Million to Organizations Fighting for Racial Equality

    Michael Jordan has committed to donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations that are dedicated to fighting racial equality. "Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement," Jordan said Friday in a letter from his company, Jordan Brand. "Until the ingrained

  • New York Times Publisher Says Tom Cotton Op-Ed Should Not Have Been Published
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    New York Times Publisher Says Tom Cotton Op-Ed Should Not Have Been Published

    New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger said the Sen. Tom Cotton op-ed calling to “send in the troops” should not have been published.He called it “contemptuous” in a staff call Friday.A New York Times reporter tweeted his comments: “A.G. Sulzberger just told the Newsroom that the Cotton oped was ‘

  • California Gives Green Light for Film and TV Production to Resume June 12
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    California Gives Green Light for Film and TV Production to Resume June 12

    The state of California on Friday gave its blessing for film and TV production to resume on June 12, subject to approval from county public health authorities. The state Department of Public Health also issued extensive guidelines for schools, day care facilities, and casinos. But it put out just a single