The series mostly follows the novel's events faithfully, following a crew of Jesuit priests and scientists, led by a Puerto Rican linguist of mixed Taíno heritage, Father Emilio Sandoz, who make first contact with an alien civilization on a Vatican-backed mission to a distant planet called Rakhat. Things go awry in the Jesuits' quest to prove the existence of God throughout the universe, and the misadventure ends in disaster and scandal. Father Sandoz, the sole survivor, returns to Earth physically and psychologically broken only to be subjected to an inquiry.
"Queen's Gambit" co-creator, director and showrunner Scott Frank is writing every episode of FX's adaptation of the visionary modern classic, "The Sparrow." Emmy Award-winning director Johan Renck ("Chernobyl," "Breaking Bad") has been tapped to direct the sci-fi project.
Frank and Renck, along with "Better Call Saul" producer Mark Johnson, will executive produce the limited series based on Mary Doria Russell's acclaimed magnum opus. "The Sparrow" is being produced by FX Productions.
The book, categorized as a work of speculative fiction, grapples with the potential ethical, philosophical and spiritual issues of humans intermingling with extraterrestrial life, raising questions about humanity itself. "The Sparrow," published in 1996 by Random House's imprint Villard, won numerous prestigious literary awards, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis and the British Science Fiction Association Award, among others.
This isn't the first time "The Sparrow" has been adapted, though this is its first successful shot in the book-to-show pipeline. The project eventually fell apart when Russell revoked all film rights.” /> Back in 2006, Warner Bros. Pictures acquired the rights for the novel for Brad Pitt's Plan B and Industry Entertainment to produce, with Michael Seitzman ("Code Black," "North Country") writing the movie's script.

"If road movies have an intrinsic weakness, it’s the episodic nature of their narratives, but ‘Nomadland’ solves that beautifully, creating a pattern in which the path is more circular than linear, and impactful characters come back around to more deeply enrich Fern’s journey," he wrote.
In his review, Debruge called the film an "ode to American independence." It also landed on many critics' best of the year lists, including Variety's Peter Debruge. Prior to its theatrical rollout, "Nomadland" made rounds on the festival circuit, winning top prizes at Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
Searchlight Pictures, the Disney-owned specialty studio, is distributing the film and plans to premiere it internationally throughout the spring (pandemic permitting) starting on March 4.
Chloé Zhao's acclaimed film "Nomadland," a road drama that's expected to be a major awards player, has modified its release plan due to the pandemic.
"Nomadland" is Zhao's third feature, having previously directed 2015's "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" and 2017's "The Rider." Up next, she's directing Marvel's "Eternals," due in theaters later in 2021.” />
David Strathairn co-stars along with real-life nomads Linda May, Charlene Swankie and Bob Wells. She lost everything in the Great Recession and seeks the wisdom and hospitality of real-life nomads in the U.S. Based on Jessica Bruder's book of the same name, the film is set after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, with McDormand’s character Fern exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.
29 before opening in traditional theaters and drive-in locations on Feb. The movie — starring Frances McDormand as a woman who leaves her small town to travel the American west — will debut in select Imax venues on Jan. 19. On the same day as its wide release in February, "Nomadland" will premiere on Hulu.

Sony Music’s RCA Records has promoted co-president John Fleckenstein to COO and Mark Pitts to president, while co-president Joe Riccitelli will leave the company, reps confirmed to Variety. The news was first reported by Music Business Worldwide.
Riccitelli will depart the company and provide transitional services to continue his work with key projects, according to the announcement.
Edge said Fleckenstein “has been a tremendous partner working effectively alongside me and across Sony Music globally these past few years driving our business forward. This new role will give him expanded oversight to reinvigorate all aspects of RCA’s operations."
He is clearly referencing the popularity of hip-hop and R&B, which have formed the core of Pitts' career for more than 20 years. He was Notorious B.I.G.'s manager and at RCA has worked closely with Usher, J. Cole, Miguel and others.
"With his deep relationships and decades of success working with legendary, pioneering artists, he is the ideal partner to help move our creative direction in a renewed, expanded way for the future.” Pitss will remain CEO and founder of ByStorm Entertainment, an entertainment company that was established in 1998. “Mark has demonstrated tremendous growth as an energetic, unstoppable leader whose unbridled enthusiasm and experience will be invaluable in taking our company to exciting new directions," Edge's statement continues.
Said Pitts, “New title, same energy! It’s no secret that music is a driving force in my life, so being recognized as someone who can continue to guide and motivate the RCA family of groundbreaking artists and fellow executives to further greatness is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I’m blessed to still be in an industry that I’m so passionate about and the picture we paint for ourselves is NEVER completed, so I look forward to more learning and creating culture-defining moments.”
Edge also told MBW that RCA’s executive VP of A&R, Tunji Balogun, who has signed and developed Khalid, is considered a “star player” at the label, embodying an approach of “working with artists early, then supporting and developing them over the long term.” He also gave props to two former Interscope execs who have joined the company, Aaron "Dash" Sherrod, who signed JuiceWRLD to Interscope, and senior VP of marketing Archie Davis.
In a statement, Edge said, “RCA Records was a different company even just a few years ago. Over the past decade, there has been a genre shift in consumer demand and streaming has revolutionized every aspect of our business so we must constantly adapt and iterate on our successes."
According to an announcement, Pitts has been promoted to the role of president, "working to grow and drive its Creative Business Operations as well as the Company’s cultural initiatives and further unifying our teams’ effectiveness." Fleckenstein has been elevated to chief operating officer, "where, in addition to his current duties, he takes on more of the Company’s day-to-day business oversight. Both executives will continue to report to RCA Chairman & CEO Peter Edge.
Bringing his fearless and aggressive drive into the center of the company will be a true game changer for our people and our culture.”” /> I’m incredibly proud of the RCA Family we have cultivated over the past few years with our fresh creative minds, experienced team leaders and our trailblazing roster. Mark’s passion is unmatched. Fleckenstein, who joined RCA in 2015, commented, “We are an Artist-first company with the best development team in the business.
Edge also nodded to Riccitelli's contributions. He played a key role in building the careers of many of our biggest artists and I look forward to supporting his next chapter.” “I want to thank Joe for his years helping build RCA for success.

Associate producers include Miss Hazel Jade and Gabriel Resendez. Jamie DiNicola and Zosherafatain are producing "Trumpland" through TransWave Films.
Lysette said, “Trans people are resilient. We’ve been erased from history, and endured constant attacks on our existence, especially from the Trump administration. “” /> Our hope is that this project can be a bridge to folks who may not understand what we are up against and to also provide a real and raw look at not only our pain, but also our strength and joy.
A new trailer for the upcoming docuseries “Trans in Trumpland” opens with ominous music as Donald Trump is heard in voiceover saying, “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens.”
25. It was also announced on Thursday that Topic, the streaming service from First Look Media, has acquired North American streaming rights to the series. It will premiere on Feb.
I witnessed and experienced daily attacks on my rights. “I’m happy that 'Trans in Trumpland' will be released on Topic so that it can reach a wide audience. I think viewers of all backgrounds will find common ground in the compelling personal journeys told in each episode.” ”As a transgender Iranian-American, the past four years were devastating for me. It was an honor to meet and film four trans individuals who faced similar discrimination during the Trump era,“ Zosherafatain said in a statement.
Zosherafatain is also seen showing photos of himself at age 12 to a trans high schooler. The trailer offers a glimpse into the life of a trans woman who was held at a men’s ICE detention center. “No matter what the President says about you, you exist,” Zosherafatain says. “You are human.”
In fact, LGBTQ activists rightfully argue that Trump used his power to roll back the rights and protections of trans Americans. There's no question that Trump, who was impeached for a second time on Wednesday, did not fulfill his promise.
She executive produces alongside Chella Man and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy as well as Topic’s Ryan Chanatry and Jeff Seelbach. As Variety first reported, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette signed on as a producer of the doc in July.
For the four-part “Trans in Trumpland,” director Tony Zosherafatain traveled to the red states of North Carolina, Texas, Mississippi and Idaho throughout the last four years to document the experiences of four trans individuals during the Trump presidency.

On Dec. As of the end of the third quarter, WarnerMedia said 28.7 million customers were eligible to get HBO Max — but only 8.6 million users total had activated service. 8, AT&T chief John Stankey said HBO Max gained 4 million subscriber activations since then, to stand at nearly 12.6 million.
To sweeten HBO Max's pot, WarnerMedia plans to premiere Warner Bros.' entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max and theatrically. The WB films are set to include “The Matrix 4,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation of “In the Heights,” “The Suicide Squad,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and “The Many Saints of Newark” (a prequel to HBO’s “Sopranos”). The move garnered industry ire but AT&T and WarnerMedia execs defended the strategy given COVID-suppressed in at least the first half of the year.
AT&T-owned WarnerMedia company is putting its shoulder into maxing up HBO Max, with the direct-to-consumer price discount playing a key role in its attempt to move the needle. The company introduced the six-month prepay offer three weeks ahead of the Christmas Day debut of “Wonder Woman 1984,” starring Gal Gadot, simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters.
Did "Wonder Woman 1984" fail to deliver the HBO Max subscriber haul WarnerMedia was banking on — or was its promo pricing so successful it reupped the deal? The media company, looking to lock up more paying customers for HBO Max through mid-2021, extended its 22% promotional discount for new subscribers who prepay for six months.
With the day-and-date move, WarnerMedia in 2021 will need to net 8.4 million incremental new HBO Max subs above its current pace to recoup lost revenue from theatrical and home-entertainment distribution, according to estimates by analyst Craig Moffett.
24.” /> now have access to the HBO Max app through their provider, and WarnerMedia inked a long-awaited distribution deal with Roku to get HBO Max on the streaming platform just before the premiere of "WW84." WarnerMedia also killed off its seven-day free trial offer for HBO Max last month ahead of “Wonder Woman 1984,” which leave the service Jan. Most HBO subscribers in the U.S.
The special offer is available to new and returning HBO Max subscribers who prepay for six months at $69.99 (about $11.66 per month, versus the regular $14.99 monthly price). The promo was set to expire this Friday, but WarnerMedia has now extended that until March 1, 2021.

BEATS presented a number of eye-opening examples, such as the “Harry Potter” film franchise, which had a single BESEA character in Cho Chang (Katie Leung) over eight films; similarly, BBC and Netflix's London-set drama “Giri/Haji" featured a number of BESEA characters, but only one spoke with a British accent.
focus, with characters expected to be British or living and/or working in the country. The test also has a keen U.K. “We want this test to become the standard for the industry to achieve,” explained BEATS member and actor-writer Rebecca Boey, noting that in order to pass the test, BESEA presence mustn’t feel tokenistic — where a character’s presence feels more like a symbolic gesture or a box tick.
In a statement, the org argued that although the Mammoth Screen-produced show was filmed across numerous Southeast Asian countries, “none of the main cast are East/Southeast Asian, including the actor portraying half Vietnamese, half Indian Sobhraj.”
“The numbers are pretty bleak for anyone who is not white, but when it comes to East Asians, they were so insignificant, they were redacted,” said Ko. “When we say BESEAs are working with zero inclusion in the TV industry, we are not being impressionistic or metaphorical — we are being literal.”
The 1986 film “Ping Pong,” which featured a host of British Chinese characters, also passed with flying colors. Successful films include the Andrew Leung and Ben Whishaw-starring “Lilting,” which features several BESEA characters, fluent English spoken by at least two, and specific storylines for BESEA figures; as well as the 2016 film “The Receptionist,” which turns on a Taiwanese graduate in London and in which BESEA characters have their own goals and story arcs.
British East and Southeast Asian media advocacy group BEATS has rolled out a ground-breaking new representation measure for the U.K. industry.
During the event, BEATS member and screenwriter Emma Ko also highlighted the shocking lack of BESEA representation off screen, as revealed by recent diversity data from industry bod Diamond that broke down, by ethnic background, key off-camera roles in the U.K. industry, spanning commissioning editors, writers, directors, producers, executive producers and production managers.
The film industry hasn’t fared much better, with just three BESEA-helmed films that have been publicly funded and theatrically released from 2000 onwards: Xialou Guo’s “She, a Chinese” (2009) and Hong Khaou’s “Lilting” (2014) and “Monsoon” (2019).
Earlier this week, BEATS took aim at the BBC for the lack of representative casting in its hit Netflix co-production “The Serpent,” about serial killer Charles Sobhraj, played by “A Prophet” star Tahar Rahim, a French actor of Algerian descent.
The initiative is fashioned after the Bechdel Test, which evaluates portrayals of women in media, and the Riz Test, a measurement of Muslim representation inspired by Riz Ahmed’s rallying 2017 speech about diversity. Launched during a virtual summit hosted by BEATS (British East Asians in Theater and on Screen), the British Film Institute (BFI) and ITV, the BEATS Test measures on-screen representation for British East and Southeast Asians in U.K. film and television productions.
Out of 17 films evaluated by BEATS, only three passed.
“If you’re an all-white team and you want to make a film about the true story of the repatriated Liverpool Chinese, please do so with someone who can make that project better. Ko encouraged anyone developing a BESEA or ESEA-themed project to think twice about who is hired.
“Why hire someone to sprinkle soy sauce, when you can hire a talented BESEA team who possess the vital lived-in experience to do these stories justice and will help you bring that story to life authentically, creatively and with quality?" said Ko.” />
Last year, BEATS called out ITV's "Singapore Grip" drama for its depiction of colonialism. Interestingly, ITV was a co-sponsor of Thursday's summit.
“For British East and Southeast Asians to become a normalized, naturalized presence on our screen and in the fabric of British life and society, we’re going to need a few more productions to make an effort to pass the BEATS Test.” “It would seem that passing this test is actually quite a radical and groundbreaking achievement — and it shouldn’t be that way,” said Boey.
In order to pass the BEATS Test, a project must be able to answer “yes” to the following three questions, in which BESEA stands for British and Southeast Asians: (1) Are there two or more BESEA characters? (2) Do at least two BESEA characters speak fluent English with a British accent? (3) Does at least one BESEA character pursue their own goal separate to the white characters?
14 summit was the first of its kind to address issues relating to British East and Southeast Asian representation in the U.K., which is sorely lacking on and off-screen, with scarce momentum for change within the industry. The Jan.

"Julia" is inspired by Child’s life and her long-running television series, “The French Chef,” which pioneered the now popular genre of cooking shows. The series also stars David Hyde Pierce, Brittany Bradford, Fran Kranz, Fiona Glascott, Bebe Neuwirth, Isabella Rossellini, and Jefferson Mays. Child will be played by Sarah Lancashire.
“Combining an extraordinary creative team, powerhouse cast and timely subject matter, the series has all the ingredients to resonate with HBO Max audiences for years to come."” /> “We’re delighted to expand our relationship with HBO Max by teaming with our production partners at 3 Arts on 'Julia,' the complex and compelling story of the celebrated chef, author and TV personality who almost single-handedly invented the world of food television,” said Jocelyn Sabo, Lionsgate Television Group senior vice president.
HBO Max has given out a series order to the drama based on the life of chef Julia Child.
"This show’s look into her life, marriage, and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight. Our incredible cast and formidable creative team are a recipe for success, and we couldn’t be more excited.” “We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max.
Todd Schulkin is a consulting producer on behalf of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Chris Keyser is the showrunner and executive producer. Lionsgate will serve as the studio. HBO Max has given the series an eight-episode order. 3 Arts Entertainment’s Erwin Stoff and Kimberly Carver will also executive producing along with Charles McDougall, and Daniel Goldfarb.

"Violation" (March 25) – Madeleine Sims-Fewer, who won TIFF's Rising Star award for her portrayal in the film, stars as Mariam, a woman who vows to protect her sister from the danger she believes her to be in. Already on edge over her crumbling marriage, Mariam tries to hold it together as she sets her sights on revenge.” />
4) – Inspired by Mary and Percy Shelley's relationship and the well-known work "Frankenstein," the Shudder Original captures the gothic period and stars Alix Wilton Regan, Giullian Yao Gioiello, Philippe Bowgen, Lee Garrett, Claire Glassford and Shannon Spangler. It's directed by Nora Unkel. "A Nightmare Wakes" (Feb.
Check out the full list of Shudder's upcoming movies below:
"Shook" (Feb. 18) – Social media fame gives way to a sick game in which a villain forces a celebrity to solve various games by threatening the lives of her loved ones. The movie stars Daisye Tutor, Emily Goss, Nicola Posener, Octavius J. Johnson, Stephanie Simbari and Grant Rosenmeyerorde.
The final film in the 11-week lineup is "Violation," which both ran at Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival.
"After Midnight" (Feb. But in her place seems to appear a creature that emerges from the edge of his property. 11) – A young man (Jeremy Gardner) wakes one morning to find that his partner (Brea Grant) has vanished, leaving behind only a note to explain her disappearing act.
It is directed by Natasha Kermeni. Its plot centers around her efforts to re-establish a sense of control. "Lucky" (March 4) – Billed as a surreal feminist thriller, the movie follows a self-hope author (Brea Grant) who discovers she's being stalked by an unknown man.
"Stay Out of the F—ing Attic" (March 11) – Employees for a moving company are hired to help clear the rooms of a Victorian mansion, but the client offers them extra to get the job done overnight. As they set about doing the work, the movers stumble upon dangerous secrets. Morgan Alexandria, Ryan Francis, Bryce Fernelius and Michael Flynn star in the film.
play the adult children, both of whom return home and begin to notice that their mother's grief might be connected something more sinister. "The Dark and the Wicked" (Feb. 25) – Julie Oliver-Touchstone stars as the grieving wife of a man slowly dying on the family's secluded farm. Marin Ireland and Michael Abbot Jr.
But the villain doling out the punishment on the company's is not an angry justice-seeker, but a pair of possessed pants. "Slaxx" (March 18) – A clothing company finds itself under attack on account of its less-than ideal business practices. The film is directed by Elza Kephart and stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani and Stephen Bogaert.
And "A Nightmare Wakes" will give life to Mary Shelley in a period piece about the famous author. "Lucky," coming on March 4, will detail the difficulties one woman faces after discovering that she has a stalker. Other movies joining Shudder hail from the genres of psychological horror to thriller, with themes exploring technology, nature, gender and betrayal.
She's pushed to the extremes in order to survive, but why not get revenge while she's at it? 14) – Lucie Debay stars in the upcoming project, which follows a woman who must flee her hunter (Arieh Worthalter) through the woods following what seemed like a flirtatious conversation at a bar. "Hunted" (Jan.
Shudder, AMC's horror and thriller-focused streaming platform, announced a lineup of 11 films set to premiere over the next 11 weeks.
The selection of Shudder Originals coming to Shudder include Sundance Film Festival selections, as well as Tribeca Film Festival selections and a host of new content, as well. The first project to join the streaming site will be "Hunted," a take on the Little Red Riding Hood story that is set to premiere Jan. 14.
But the horrors they inevitably find in the woods are not monsters, but a sideshow performer played by Peter Belli. "Koko-Di, Koko-Da" (March 18) – Leif Edlund and Ylva Gallon star as a couple who go on a camping trip in hopes of rekindling their connection. The couple must endure the psychological terror inflicted upon them by the jokester.
The film, which takes place in rural Indonesia, is written by Joko Anwar and directed by Kimo Stamboel. 28) – An orphanages dark past is uncovered when families return to visit the now-ill director who raised them as children. "The Queen of Black Magic" (Jan.

Most recently, Lucinda created the blueprint for multicultural marketing at HBO, not only increasing its awareness but also its priority inside the organization. I feel it is fair to say that she was instrumental to the success of HBO and WarnerMedia as a whole. This of course only scrapes the surface on all her accomplishments. She established HBO Latino as the premier Spanish language destination and over these past few months she guided the successful launch of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max as well as the platform’s new brand positioning. Lucky for us, she also built an incredibly talented team around her. Please join me in wishing her well.”” />
Lucinda Martinez, a veteran of HBO's marketing department, has left the company. Martinez, who spent more than two decades at the company, most recently served as exec VP of brand marketing for HBO and HBO Max.
The New York-based Martinez serves on the board of trustees of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and on the Advisory Board of The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
I’m grateful to all those, too many to name, that mentored and guided me along the way. Now, it is the time to write the next professional chapter (with a little family time first).” Most importantly, I’m proud to have built and led a diverse team of supremely talented creatives and executives, proving you can equally stand for the right values and deliver across all metrics of success. “This has been a year of reflection for me. "It became so much more than I could have ever wished. I arrived at HBO 20 years ago excited to tackle a new job at a new company," Martinez said in a statement. We accomplished many firsts, and our work and growth together has been my greatest professional joy.
But, I understand her decision to take a break, catch her breath, and think hard about what her next steps will be. “As you may have heard by now, Lucinda Martinez has decided to leave after 20 amazing years at HBO and WarnerMedia. I feel really lucky to have been able to get to know Lucinda and to work closely with her. Her energy is infectious, and her creativity and contributions are unmatched, so her departure is a great loss.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of Martinez's departure.
Among her accomplishments, Martinez led marketing efforts directed toward African American, Latino, Asian and LGBTQ+ communities and worked to establish the HBO Latino brand.
You only need to spend five minutes with her to see the passion she possesses for the work. I especially want to thank her for her partnership around HBO’s multicultural success and the talented team she built that will carry those efforts forward.” Her marketing expertise is exceptional so it will be exciting to see her next chapter unfold. Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, added, " “Lucinda and I have been friends and colleagues for a long time. I’ll miss that energy, but I appreciate her desire to try something new.
See below a memo from Andy Forssell, exec VP and general manager, HBO Max and direct-to-consumer, announcing Martinez's departure:

In 2019, he was the most-viewed YouTube creator and last year inked an exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube. PewDiePie has been posting videos on YouTube for more than 10 years, and became the first creator to top 100 million followers. He's been ensnared in various controversies over his career: Almost four years ago, YouTube had severed its business deals with PewDiePie over videos he posted containing anti-Semitic jokes and Nazi imagery.
The Swedish gamer, comedian and entrepreneur has an official Facebook page, with more than 8 million followers. PewDiePie (real name: Felix Kjellberg) is the No. But PewDiePie hasn't posted anything on the social service since December 2017 — and his most recent video on Facebook dates back to October 2016. 1 most-subscribed individual YouTuber, with over 108 million subscribers and more than 26 billion views to date.
“In this multiplatform video ecosystem, there are a lot of opportunities for creators to monetize their content, and our mission is to help them grow their audience and unlock their potential on each one,” Michael Philippe, Jellysmack co-founder and co-CEO, said in a statement. “We’re honored that PewDiePie has entrusted his massive fanbase to Jellysmack and we’re excited to show him how we can turn Facebook into a true brand asset for him without adding work to his plate.”
users. The company's roster of 100-plus creator partners includes Brad Mondo, Bailey Sarian, Azzyland, Charles & Alyssa Forever, Chris Ramsay, Emmymade, JoshDub, Karina Garcia and Reaction Time. Jellysmack claims that it manages a content portfolio that generates 10 billion global monthly video views with a cross-platform reach of 125 million unique U.S. L.A.-based Jellysmack, founded in 2016, works with video creators to optimize their content across platforms using proprietary video-optimization tools and data.
The company said it will start uploading PewDiePie's content, including from his library of more than 4,200 YouTube videos, to Facebook as early as this month. Jellysmack will then optimize those on-demand videos and distribute them on Facebook. Under the pact, Kjellberg will continue to create and debut his popular videos and livestreams on YouTube.
Now PewDiePie is looking to reboot his presence on Facebook through an exclusive multiyear deal with Jellysmack, a company that specializes in optimizing video distribution across platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube.
According to Tubular Labs, Jellysmack is currently the third largest U.S. company in monthly unique social media video viewers, behind Disney and ViacomCBS.” />
PewDiePie, the massively popular YouTube creator, will bring his videos back to Facebook after a more than four-year hiatus.

These are just part of the Trumpamuck crimes. That was a corporate merger of crime families. It’s obvious that the Trumps, like the Bushes, were a crime family, buying into and forever wed, in holy matrimony, to the Kushners. Plus, there were all these allegations linking him to the Mafia and the Russian mob then, the basis for him getting money for his Atlantic City casinos…
Endurance or not, Trump’s actions this week, and those of his minions, is incendiary stuff.
Most of this, though isn’t funny at all, namely finding out that people I once treasured as friends — Ariel Pink, John Maus — were part of this attack on the Capitol. It just gets a lot more heartbreaking when people you love and respect get caught up in Trump or QAnon. Down to Trump lawyer Lin Wood calling for Mike Pence to be executed by firing squad. These are not stupid people. You either freak out and check for space along the Golden Gate Bridge to jump off, or, if you have a sense of humor like me and Al Jourgenson (from Ministry), you spend 12 hours a day laughing. They should know better.
When did you start its roll call and how did it wind up where it is now? “Tea Party Revenge Porn" is a clearing house for everything we’re talking about: present-day fascism, Putin, the mob, phone and internet-based obsession, fake news.
McMullin fired back at your DK diss with his own tweets: "The young Seattle punk in me would have been pleased. If Jello has an issue with the Dead Kennedys, Mitt Romney and I fighting fascists and Nazi punks, that’s his problem… The truth is Mitt Romney is more punk than Jello ever was.”
That’s not a word to be taken lightly. From Ted Cruz to AOC, everyone is throwing around the word Nazi like a softball this weekend. How did you come to write the "Nazi Punks" song in the first place?
He’s already selling stuff for 2024. He’s just going to make money of those people, now. Forget about throwing anyone under the bus. Was it scab singer Skip, who recently denied DKs are a political band, just, 'a social satire band?’" Look. Doesn’t matter if he ever runs. [Quoting his tweet.] ‘"How dumb and clueless can you get?? How about they apologize to DK supporters over the years who the band’s music and vision means so much to? BIAFRA: Sorry, I was just distracted by the online Trump 2020 store. Isn’t that what Trump does? What a carny. Instead of taking any responsibility, they’re passing the buck. All right… Forget who at Dead Kennedys praised Romney or McMullin.
"The young Seattle punk in me." What is he, a Screwdriver fan? It’s reactionary music that attracts reactionaries from all sides. So, this is what you have to endure. Always has. And Mitt being more punk than me? I can’t top that. Punk is a very high-energy, high-adrenaline, primal-scream form of music.
Mitt cares about the USA,” the official DK account tweeted, to the heated chagrin of their ex-frontman. Showing further distaste for icons of the right such as Rudy Guiliani (“he’s a cross between Count Chocula and Klaus Kinshi’s Nosferatu with that melting hair dye”), Mitt Romney and GOP activist Evan McMullin, Biafra spent the weekend dissing his former bandmates for showing their (now-removed) Twitter support of Romney and McMullin. "Thank you @SenatorRomney and @EvanMcMullin.
No matter what, I didn’t want the album to be "Trump this" and "Trump that." Look, I grew up on Alice Cooper. Songs such as “Satan’s Combover” and the title track were written before Trump stole the 2016 election and Hilary (Clinton), true to form, didn’t fight back. “We Created Putin" — I noticed that the lack of a Marshall Plan for the Soviet Union created another Hitler in Trump. I always thought, "Hey, what if horror lyrics were about real monsters?"” /> Plus, Russian banks are the first banks that Trump has taken money from that he’s going to have to pay back, one way or another.
>When San Francisco-based musician and activist Jello Biafra’s Instagram flashed photos of the singer wearing a “Trump Hates Me” T-shirt with a link to his song, “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off” on the day that the Capitol fell under siege, it was hardly the first time Biafra showed off his brand of caustic politics.
The very name of his former group, Dead Kennedys, created outrage when the band rose through the punk ranks 40 years ago, but the singer wasn't just out for shock value. From then on up through a Green presidential candidacy in 2000 and beyond, Biafra has forever put his money where his smart mouth is —especially where the necessity of putting down neo-Nazism in America is concerned. With his famous former band, in 1981 on his Alternative Tentacles label, he released the anti-fascist anthem, “Nazi Punks Fuck Off," followed by an anti-Reagan rant, “California Uber Alles.” In recent times, Biafra has updated his classics as additional adversaries rose to power.
Though you’re no longer in Dead Kennedys, you were its frontman and lyricist until the mid-'80s, and take its place in history very seriously.
VARIETY: Before getting to your recent Instagram posts, the Twitter feed of your former band, Dead Kennedys — which you criticized for its support of Mitt Romney and Evan McMullin — threw its social media manager under the bus for that debacle.
The other day you Instagrammed a photo of yourself wearing a “Trump Hates Me” shirt, together with “Nazi Trumps Fuck Off,” a fresh take on your “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.” Your Instagram is littered with anti-Trump references. What is your history of hate regarding Trump?
He was just a rich guy who wanted more attention than other rich people do. Back when I first heard his name, the '80s, suddenly, here was this celebrity rich asshole crowing about his wealth, until someone pointed out that he wasn’t the richest man in New York. He wasn’t even Gatsby.
Like saying Mitt Romney is more punk than me. Problem is, the guy that said that, McMullin, has his eyes on public office. Following that pre-primary poll, I did a rant-cast on YouTube, “What Would Jello Do?,” pointing out what a racist Trump was. Since that time, my audiences have been strongly anti-Trump, and the ‘Nazi Trumps Fuck Off” T-shirts that we made flew out of our door. But you will always get people doing and saying the dumb stuff. Unless he gets a Fox News show first. They sold more than anything we ever had available, music and otherwise. Immediately, we got Twitter-ized, first-grade reading level comments like “Trump is punk,” and “Has Jello become a Muslim?" That’s when I thought, "Even my listeners are falling for this. Trump could win." From then on, I had the eerie feeling that he’d be our next president.
What disturbed me the most about that post is that whatever right-wing dickhead did it also used Evan McMullin’s name as clickbait. His was a name bandied about as an alternative to Trump, as a write-in candidate, in 2016, by Bill Kristol. Kristol may be a Never-Trumper, and therefore one of their friends, but McMullin, Kristol and such are not our friends. Just because talking heads talk a good anti-Trump game, they’re still hardline conservatives. You can’t polish that turd. So I don’t like when, in my name — since so many people do think I’m still in the band -— I get associated with right-wing foolery. I was the brains of the operation.
Until the first pre-primary polls came out. I knew he was an asshole before, but I never figured he was that horrible, until then. Nazi party or not, he is a fascist who makes no secret that he is a white supremacist. Seeing that the guy doesn’t have a sense of humor, I don’t think he’s laughing about this either, like a lot of us are, especially considering how dangerous the people are who take him seriously. Right off the bat, he came out as anti-immigrant with his “Mexicans as rapists” bit. All Corporate McNews could do, though, is howl in protest and make fun of him as some sort-of celebrity buffoon. That’s when he doubled his competition, including the candidates they wanted such as Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Like Richard Nixon, Trump wanted to be president for life. Holy shit. Going back to the Trump store, there’s a “Mount Trumpmore” shirt with an illustration of Mount Rushmore with a much larger Trump head off to the left, shadowing George Washington’s.
Especially after the attacks on the Capitol.
When did that Trump that you’re talking about grow dangerous enough to be tagged a Nazi, in your mind?
I’m far from the first person to say, forget a third party — where’s the second? If Biden thinks he can let all the Trump regime’s crimes go in the name of uniting the country, he better think again. I have very little faith in Biden whatsoever. I don’t consider those people "left." We have one party in this country.
That’s Betsy DeVos, whose brother, Eric Prince, gave us Blackwater and reportedly has a military-type training spread in Wyoming. I’m counting on Adam Schiff’s committee to get the Mueller Report completely un-redacted, and, from there, follow the money. If they really want to stop the neo-Nazi shits that nearly torched the Capitol building, with all of Orange’s people let in as the Capitol cops parted like the Red Sea, don’t just go after the dude with the horns that everybody though was either Jamiroqui or Rob Zombie. Follow the money. He’s been linked to Russian collusion, but Mueller never bothered to follow that money. So, here’s DeVos freaking out and jumping the ship before the rest of the rats on a voyage that her family more than likely paid for. raid last week, was financed, in part by the DeVos family? You can’t make this shit up. For example, did you know that the clowns who raided the Michigan Capitol building, some of whom were charged with plotting to behead Governor Whitmer and behead her, but got out on bail and were spied at the D.C.
No reason other than a show of strength.
Considering your distaste for Trump, and his public’s love for him, what friction did you get, on social media or live events?
The song, then, was about the early stages of slam-dancing where people would show up, without any interest in the music at all — real buff jock types — who would run off the stage, target someone, and punch them in the back of the head, or the face, and run off. When I wrote “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” in the first place, I wasn’t writing about actual ideological Nazis. My take is this: If they act like one, and behave like one, then, yeah, calling them out as such is fair game. The Nazi skinhead thing hadn’t yet erupted in England yet. They just wanted to wail on somebody.
Over the course of several hours during a quickly shifting weekend, Biafra and Variety spoke on several occasions about everything from politics to his own new album, “Tea Party Revenge Porn,” the return of his YouTube program “What Would Jello Do?,” and new recordings with Al Jourgensen, including a new Ministry album (“Morale Hygiene”) and a renewal of their Lard project.
Anyway, I heard from fans who actually grew up under true fascist regimes — kids from the Soviet Union, Greece or Latin America countries with military dictatorships. Those people were acting like Nazis. I’m not bowing to pressure to do a Newsom one; you can only do so many. We did “California Uber Allies” with Schwarzenegger-themed lyrics. They wanted to hear “Nazi Punks.” They told me that song gave them courage. Then, when I formed Guantanamo School of Medicine specifically to play new music, not be some old-man punk retro act… I got cajoled into playing songs such as “Holidays in Cambodia,” which was never played the same way twice. So I wrote it, and the Dead Kennedys played it. So we brought it back and switched it out to “Nazi Trumps.” Now that I find out that people I knew and loved were part of the Capitol siege, maybe it should be “Trump-sy Punks Fuck Off.”
Whether it’s your new album, “Tea Party Revenge Porn,” or comments you’ve given the L.A. Weekly regarding Gavin Newsom, Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden, you’re no fan of the left, either.
Trump put the '80s rich into the tabloids on a regular basis.

Cohen began her career at Paradigm and also served at Verve Talent and Literary Agency before becoming a partner in the lit department at WME in 2019. Her roster at WME included directors Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 2”) and comedy veteran Paula Pell. The South African-born Cohen grew up in Australia, and is known for championing female and diverse filmmakers and artists.
Cohen will serve as a partner at Range Media and it has not been confirmed which clients will be following in her new role. Former William Morris Endeavor literary agent and partner Tanya Cohen has formally transitioned into management, joining Range Media Partners.
Matt Donnelly contributed to this report.” />
At the time, Cohen was said to be in early negotiations as part of a highly contested competition of her services between several new management firms that have launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the standoff between the Writers Guild of America and the talent agencies. Earlier this week, Variety exclusively reported that Cohen would be departing WME to pursue a management career, along with motion picture and literary packaging agents Solco Schuit and Simon Faber, who are looking to pivot to a management path or producer roles.
We’re thrilled to welcome her to Range,” Range Managing Partner Mick Sullivan said in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to watch Tanya build her business over the years. She has a natural eye for discovering talent and a tremendous reputation for empowering the advancement of artists’ careers in the most creative and thoughtful ways.

She might have brought that edge to a show — even a laugh-tracked sitcom! Sedgwick is a winning actress who’s had great success on TV, mainly in drama. The sunniness and relentless, incurious momentum of “Call Your Mother,” restricting what’s curious and interesting about Jean’s story and Sedgwick’s performance to the margins, is suggestive of a show whose unwillingness to take a risk results in the finished product being not much of anything at all. It takes more than familiar warmth to make us care about characters; they need to be allowed to be characters, too.” /> — more interested in doing something beyond the broadest version of itself.
The series, about an overbearing mom (Kyra Sedgwick) barging in on the lives of her two children (Joey Bragg and Rachel Sennott), hits in its pilot episode — the only one made available to critics — notes that are alternately too familiar or jarring for the wrong reasons. Perhaps it’s because the present moment is so unsettled that “Call Your Mother,” ABC’s new sitcom from “The New Adventures of Old Christine” creator Kari Lizer, manages to feel in its pilot episode more comforting than it otherwise might. The show has a pleasant warmth, but it seems to have too little of a sense about what within it works to find its footing.
“I’d still be breastfeeding if we lived in France!” she declares at one point to laughs from the laugh track but likely winces from viewers at home; earlier, she’d asked her best friend (a game Sherri Shepherd) “If I’m not mothering anymore, am I still a mother? That this is really not so very long at all is the joke, but Sedgwick, when the pilot’s frantic pace slows for a beat, infuses the character with a say-everything desperation whose unfunniness seems to serve a larger point. Sedgwick’s Jean Raines, in the first episode’s early going, ditches Iowa in favor of Los Angeles as a way of dropping in on her son Freddie, who hasn’t picked up the phone for her in (gasp) four days. If I’m not teaching anymore, am I still a teacher?”
(Daughter Jackie’s gay best friend, played by Austin Crute, emerges as a less hackneyed character through sheer force of charisma on Crute’s part.) A romance plot between Jean and the host of her AirBNB-style lodging (Patrick Brammall) feels unnecessary, unbelievable — given that Brammall’s handsome Brit is hosting paying guests in a beautifully appointed home that’s indistinguishable from Jean’s two children’s beautifully appointed homes — and almost mean-spirited. Which makes it unfortunate that, for instance, the children’s storylines are swaddled in iffy attempts to stay current, like Freddie’s girlfriend (Emma Caymares), a parody of an influencer written with the broadest of strokes. In her dealings with her children, whom she’s known their entire lives and who are now estranged from her and from one another, Jean’s lonesomeness comes through; when she tries to smooch the guy whose house she’s been staying in for a day, it seems misplaced and poorly paced, to say the least. This is a story worth exploring!

I am proud to be able to say that I am the son of Pilar Monroe Schneider." "Pilar spoke often of joining her beloved husband of 39 years, my lovely father Marvin Schneider," he wrote. "That day has come for them to be together.
In addition to her son Rob, Schneider is also the mother of producer John Schneider, artist Stanley Schneider and realtor April Schneider Farley. Among her many grandchildren is also singer Elle King, known for her hit song "Ex's and Oh's."
Schneider is survived by her sister Rose, her sister-in-law Lenice, her children Stanley, April, John and Rob; her step-daughter Linda, her ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Rob Schneider wrote a tribute to his mother on Instagram and shared a family photo with details of her life.
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She and her husband led a foundation dedicated to helping the area's schools, and she ultimately took over the lead when Marvin died. Schneider continued to support the Pacifica school system throughout the remainder of her life. Her focus was to ensure music teachers and classes were provided at each school.
When not teaching, Schneider found roles acting in commercials and some of Rob's movies, including "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," “ The Animal,” "The Hot Chick" and "Big Stan." She was also a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
She was 91. Pilar Schneider, the mother of comedian and actor Rob Schneider, died of natural causes Monday at her home in Pacifica, Calif.
in the 1950s as an American citizen. Schneider grew up in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. She also served as president of the Pacifica School Board for two terms. She had a passion for teaching and held a job teaching elementary school students for almost three decades before teaching special education.

New appointees of the HRTS Advisory Council, comprised of past Board Members, include: Leigh Brecheen, Partner, Goodman Schenkmann & Brecheen, LLP; Matt Cherniss, Head of Development, Apple; Stephen Davis; Gary Marenzi, Founder/CEO Marenzi & Associates; and John Morayniss, President, JDM Media.
The newly-elected members of the HRTS Board of Directors beginning their three-year terms this month are Albert Cheng, Chief Operating Officer & Co-head of Television, Amazon Studios; Tara Duncan, President, Freeform; Rafael Gomez, Head of Business Affairs, AMC Networks; Tina Perry, President OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network; and Alejandro Uribe, CEO, Exile Content.
Melissa Grego's three-year stint as the CEO of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society will continue on. The organization's also released the names of its newly-elected Executive Officers and Board Members, and the industry leaders newly appointed to serve as Advisory Council members. Today, the HRTS announced that Grego's role has been re-upped.
I’m so proud of the work that we’ve done to make HRTS a community that is inclusive of all people working in TV and entertainment, and I look forward to continuing our efforts as a Board Member. Our newly-elected officers are outstanding leaders in the industry and friends and I’m excited to work with them on new and existing events and initiatives.” "Melissa joined HRTS with a shared vision to transform HRTS to support the membership and meet today’s challenges in the industry. “It has been my great honor to work alongside Melissa Grego as President of HRTS over the past three years,” said outgoing HRTS President Marc Korman, in a statement.
In the coming days, the HRTS will announce details of a virtual event to kick off the year, introduce the organization's new leadership and discuss its future.” />
Newly elected two-year term officers include HRTS President, Odetta Watkins (EVP, Current Programming, Warner Bros. Television); Chairperson of the Board, Dan Erlij (Partner, Co-Head, Television Literary Department, United Talent Agency); Vice President, Francesca Orsi (EVP and Head of Drama Programming, HBO); Secretary, Charlie Andrews, (EVP, Drama Programming, Development & Event Series, Fox); and Treasurer, Alejandro Uribe (CEO, Exile Content). Television and WME, among others. The media and entertainment industry veterans that will guide the HRTS include executives at Amazon Studios, AMC Networks, Apple, CAA, CBS, Television, Fox, Freeform, FX Entertainment, HBO, Hulu, ICM Partners, OWN, Showtime Networks, Universal Studio Group, UTA, Warner Bros.
Under the leadership of Korman and Grego, the industry networking and information platform released its first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Resource Guide, launched its signature Brown Bag with the Board virtual event series and its first Virtual Newsmaker Luncheon, tapped into the expertise of Board Members to create an Advisory Council and expanded resources across all operational levels.

Have you spoken to any cast members or made any offers for "Bachelor In Paradise"?
You know, right now, everybody is in consideration because we’re going to have a whole other season of "The Bachelorette" [before the next season of "The Bachelor"] so there will be other "Bachelor" candidates there, too. One of the lessons we’ve learned is to really think of everybody to potentially be the Bachelor. In the past, I think we’ve maybe made mistakes because we’ve overlooked people for whatever reason — maybe they’re too controversial or they weren’t that popular on their season, but there is no right or wrong so we should just talk to everyone and the right person will present themselves.
Ben Smith was a big standout on Tayshia Adams' season of "The Bachelorette." Are you eying Ben?
Here, the ABC executive discusses plans for "Bachelor In Paradise," including which alums might be cast on the next season, as well as that new spinoff.
So, even if you can't shoot in Mexico, you're committed to making it work to have a new season of "Bachelor In Paradise" this summer?
If Ben would do us the privilege of being on "Paradise" it would be fantastic. I can see him being one of the massive success of "Bachelor in Paradise," like he will meet his wife there.
Even something as silly as "Bachelor In Paradise," it really means a lot to people, and we know that, so we will do what we can to get it done. Since we’ve done that, the absolute most important thing now is "Bachelor In Paradise." We take a lot of pride in how much this show means to people. Ten months ago, the first thing that was important to us was to get "Bachelorette" done, and that was a monumental effort — I cannot give production enough credit; it was a Herculean effort. This show really gives people comfort and hope. And then you had to get "Bachelor" done.
"Bachelor In Paradise" typically films in Mexico. At this point, ABC isn't sure if shooting in Mexico will be possible, but regardless of the location, the network is willing to get creative to ensure a new season can be produced — even if it has to film in a bubble, just like the last season of "The Bachelorette" and the current season of "The Bachelor" with Matt James, both of which filmed at sequestered resorts at which the cast and crew lived on-site and quarantined for the duration of production.
[The next season of] "The Bachelor" isn’t for another year; we’re focused on Matt right now. Now, I don’t want them to see this and go on "Paradise" just to become "The Bachelor" because you should go on "Paradise" hoping that you’ll find your soulmate. But there are a lot of guys that would be in consideration to be the Bachelor. But obviously yes, Ben would be in consideration to be the next Bachelor. But just because you’re on "Paradise," even this summer, doesn’t mean that you can’t be the Bachelor — if anything, you have a better chance to be "The Bachelor" if you’re someone like Ivan [Hall] or Ben because your story is more fresh. Absolutely.
Will the vaccine be widely available? Everything is day-to-day. If not, maybe there is a bubble situation in Mexico. We will figure out something — I never know what will happen, but I feel very confident in saying that you will get "Bachelor In Paradise" next season. Right now, unfortunately, we’re at a place, especially in Los Angeles, where all the productions are getting shut down — you know, [Jimmy] Kimmel is back doing his show from home. Obviously, we don’t want producers and cast members to be getting vaccinated early just for the show, but if people can get vaccinated, then maybe we’re back in Mexico. But conversely, in a couple of months, this could all change. We could have a massive rollout of vaccinations and that would make it easier to travel and shoot places. Who knows. We’re looking at different permutations and scenarios.
When are you looking to shoot that show?
How about Bennett Jordan? He was another standout — perhaps for different reasons — but would you consider him for "The Bachelor?
Did you feel like it was a major loss not having "Bachelor In Paradise" on the schedule last season?
The pond is overstocked. And then also, we’ll look at people who went home too early and were great and didn’t have enough time to shine. Sometimes the pond is really dry — this season will be the opposite case. The silent producer on the show is the audience so we’ll see on Twitter who people say they want to see.
If there is some different type of way we have to do it, we want to do it. I think we can tell that story in almost any setting, even if we have to find another bubble. As wonderful as it is being in Mexico with that type of setting, it really is about people we have come to love — or love to hate — finding a second chance at love. And there are so many of them now because we have four seasons worth of people.
I think right now, everybody is in consideration for "Bachelor In Paradise," and certainly Bennett is on that list.” />
Why is the network so hot on this show? You're actively at work on the senior citizens spinoff.
We're actively working on making it happen," Mills shares, adding that the network is further along than just the ideation phase. "In addition to 'Paradise,' the other thing we want to get serious about revisiting is the older 'Bachelor' spinoff.
"We are hell-bent on figuring out how we make ‘Paradise’ work," Rob Mills, senior vice president, alternative series, specials and late-night programming, ABC Entertainment, tells Variety. "Unless something horrendous happens, I feel very confident that ‘Paradise’ is coming back on this summer — how and where it’s going to be, it’s still to early to tell."
How do you make that in to 15-18 cast members? The biggest problem we’re going to have is that we have probably about 150 potential people we can have in the cast between the four seasons that haven’t been able to be on "Paradise," and then other people who have been on previous seasons. We have to figure out how it’s going to work first before we ask people to get time off from their jobs. It's still early. It’s going to be really tough.
Now, with coronavirus numbers surging once again, TV shows and film productions are shutting down, once again, and non-essential travel is discouraged. But, good news for Bachelor Nation: ABC is set on getting "Bachelor In Paradise" back on-air this summer, and is now prioritizing the show after shelving it last season, Variety has learned exclusively.
Would you consider Ben to be a lead on "The Bachelor"?
The casting was amazing and anytime we ever talk about it, it gets a massive response.
Where does "Bachelor In Paradise" stand?
With so many Bachelor Nation alums, how will go about deciding who gets to be in the cast?
So, even if there are production precautions with the pandemic, you would be looking to shoot that senior citizens show this year?
Part of the problem was that during the whole year of the pandemic, obviously the most at-risk group was older citizens. We love this idea and the fact that people have really responded to it, we want to try to make that happen. Now, the fact that we’ve found a way to shoot in a bubble, if we have to do it in a bubble, we would be able to figure that out.
If "The Bachelorette" starts shooting in March after "The Bachelor" airs, like normal, and if we can figure out "Paradise" soon, then perhaps we can figure out how to do this as soon as the fall, in between cycles of "Paradise" and shooting the next season of "The Bachelor."
In addition to a new season of "Bachelor In Paradise," ABC is currently at work on the much-buzzed-about senior citizen "Bachelor" spinoff, which gained considerable momentum when the network put out a casting call before the pandemic. The potential show was put on the back-burner when COVID-19 shut down the entire industry, as ABC needed to prioritize its flagship shows, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." But now that a safely-working system has been put in place to shoot the reality dating shows, the network is re-focusing on the more mature offshoot.
With production halted across the industry in the height of the pandemic, ABC's fan-favorite summer dating show wasn't able to shoot its seventh season last year. "Bachelor In Paradise" was a television casualty of 2020.
Then, is Bennett perhaps a better option for "Bachelor In Paradise," rather than "The Bachelor"?

Tina Fey and Wayne Brady have joined the line-up for this year’s Educational Theatre Foundation Gala.
The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Educational Theatre Association, which is the home of the International Thespian Society. ETF provides essential financial support for theatre education and to expand access to school theatre programs.
                ” /> include Playbill, Apples and Oranges Arts, Broadway on Demand, The Diller – Von Furstenberg Family Foundation, iHeartRadio Broadway. Additional sponsors include AMDA, Kate Capshaw & Steven Spielberg, NBC Entertainment, Concord Theatricals, Nancy & Kenneth Duffy, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway Licensing, Open Jar Studios, Mark Weinstein, California Thespians, Disney Theatrical Group, Dramatists Play Service, Mark Drum, Thomas & Ellen Hoberman, Irene Mecchi, Harley Neuman, and Kevin Yorn. Presenting sponsors for Theatre Alive!
The Shubert Organization will receive the Standing Ovation Award. Theatre Alive!: A Celebration of School Theatre, to be held virtually on Jan. 28, will honor director-producer-actor Kenny Leon with the Crag Zadan Theatre for Life Award.
Proceeds from “Theatre Alive” will go towards Thespian Relief Grants to Save School Theatre, which assist theatre programs financially struggling from effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new Pathway program to address racial disparity in theatre.
“Research shows theatre education teaches life skills including creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.” “The belief that arts education should be available to all students, and the recognition of the importance of theatre education in preparing students for whatever path they pursue in life, is shared by our celebrity guests and our sponsors,” Educational Theatre Foundation president Julie Cohen Theobald said in a statement.
Tickets are free for the gala, which will stream on Playbill.com, Broadway on Demand and iHeartRadio Broadway.
Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron co-chair the benefit. Nia Vardalos and John Stamos will emcee the gala. Performers will include Jennifer Hudson, Audra McDonald and Amber Riley.

Among other things, Quibi cited the Dec. On Monday, Quibi filed a response to Eko's most recent amended lawsuit. 30 order to reiterate that the company "does not and has not infringed, induced infringement of, or contributed to the infringement of" the Eko patents. Quibi's legal response also alleged that Eko’s claims for misappropriation of trade secrets "are barred because the alleged trade secret is not a trade secret, but rather was readily ascertainable by persons of ordinary skill in the pertinent art(s)" and furthermore that Quibi independently developed Turnstyle.
Eko's lawsuit against Quibi is being funded by activist hedge fund Elliott Management, which took a minority equity stake in the company last year.” />
8), the federal judge hearing the case denied Eko’s motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to freeze Quibi's financial assets, finding that “Eko has not shown it will more likely than not succeed on its [patent] infringement claims." In a ruling Dec. 30 (which was unsealed in redacted form Jan.
In previous court filings, Eko said estimated the value of the IP that Quibi “misappropriated and infringed” to be at least $96.5 million, or at least $101.9 million when factoring in prejudgment interest and fees. Eko alleged that Quibi planned to retain a reserve of about $60 million in cash to wind down operations.
Quibi, after raising $1.75 billion, is said to have told investors including Disney, NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia that it would return $350 million of its cash on hand to them.
However, the judge sided with Eko in finding that the company's three patents at issue in the case are likely valid, contrary to Quibi's assertion that those patents are invalid.
In addition, and perhaps more significantly, Snyder found there was "sufficient" circumstantial evidence to suggest that three former Snap employees — who had received an NDA briefing from Eko CEO Yoni Block on Eko's interactive-video tech before joining Quibi — had engaged in theft of trade secrets.
But even though Quibi has now mostly wound down operations, the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded company has retained a legal team to deal with the pending legal fight with New York-based interactive video company Eko involving Turnstyle: the technology that Quibi used to determine the orientation of a viewer’s phone (either horizontal or vertical) and present content in the appropriate mode.
Quibi announced a deal last week with Roku, which acquired the bulk of the failed mobile startup's streaming rights — some 75 shows, which the streaming platform plans to make available for free on the Roku Channel.
11 filing, "Any claim by Eko for damages is negated by the existence of noninfringing alternatives to the Patents in Suit. Defendants will identify noninfringing alternatives following claim construction and in connection with damage-related disclosures." Quibi's lawyers have asked the court to deny Eko's bid for an injunction and demands for monetary damages. In addition, Quibi said in the Jan.
Quibi has set up a holding company to handle the litigation with Eko and the potential sale of the Turnstyle assets. The Turnstyle assets weren't part of the Roku deal; that involved the transfer of Quibi's seven-year content licensing rights, which a source said was worth "significantly" less than $100 million.
Eko failed to show that Quibi is "fraudulently concealing or transferring assets or has otherwise engaged in a pattern of financial misconduct" in a way that would cause "irreparable harm" to Eko, as Eko asserted. District Court for the Central District of California wrote in the ruling. "The Court concludes that Eko has not submitted evidence that satisfies its burden that a freeze of Quibi's financial assets is warranted," Judge Christina Snyder of the U.S.
Specifically, she noted that two of the ex-Snap staffers joined Quibi on Oct. 15, 2018, about two weeks before Quibi CTO Rob Post declared "that his development team settled on five candidates for its rotation technology." "The Court agrees that the weight of circumstantial evidence is sufficient at this stage to suggest the Snapchat-turned-Quibi employees took the ORTS method [Eko's Optimized Real Time Switching technology] with them to Quibi and used it to assist with the development of Turnstyle," Snyder wrote in the Dec. 30 decision.
Asked for a response, Eko declined to comment on the latest legal developments.

UMPG, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, is headquartered in Los Angeles and represents the publishing interest in songs by Adele, Jhené Aiko, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, DaBaby, Billie Eilish, Eminem, Halsey, Jimi Hendrix, H.E.R., Billy Joel, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Post Malone, Otis Redding, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift and U2, among many others.” />
Songs credited to Bell have move more than 150 million units in the U.S. Bell has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and was named Variety's 2019 producer of the year.
A native of Quincy, Mass., Bell is a self-trained musician who got his big break after moving to L.A., where he first collaborated with Post Malone on the rapper-singer’s breakthrough LPs — 2016’s “Stoney” and 2018’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” — the latter on which Bell co-wrote all 18 cuts. Bell executive-produced Post Malone’s most recent album, "Hollywood’s Bleeding." In 2020, Post notched another massive single, "Circles," which Bell co-wrote and co-produced.
The company has also acquired Bell's catalog. Producer and songwriter Louis Bell, who has worked extensively with Post Malone and has notched hits with Camila Cabello (“Havana”), the Jonas Brothers (“Sucker”) and Halsey (“Without Me”), has signed an exclusive global publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).
It’s even better when you can work with good people! Said UMPG chairman and CEO Jody Gerson in announcing the signing: “I am thrilled to welcome Louis Bell to the UMPG family. Our global team looks forward to providing outstanding opportunities that support his artistry and songs.” He is not only an immensely talented songwriter and producer for the some of the biggest artists in the world; he is one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know.
Most recently, Bell contributed to multiple tracks on Miley Cyrus' latest album, "Plastic Hearts."
The UMPG deals were negotiated on behalf of Bell by Jason Boyarski of Boyarski Fritz LLP. “I am extremely excited and grateful to begin this journey with Jody, Lillia Parsa and the entire Universal Music Publishing team, added Bell, who is managed by Electric Feel Entertainment.

The docuseries, a follow-up to the 2017 YouTube documentary “Simply Complicated,” will also feature footage from Lovato’s 2018 Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, captured during the early stages of the project's production.
"For the first time, you’ll be able to see my chronicle of struggle and ongoing healing from my point of view. I’m grateful that I was able to take this journey to face my past head-on and finally share it with the world." “It’s been two years since I came face-to-face with the darkest point in my life, and now I’m ready to share my story with the world," Lovato said.
Demi Lovato is returning to YouTube with a new docuseries.
For the first time, Lovato will open up about every aspect that led to her nearly fatal overdose in 2018 and lessons in the aftermath. "Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil," set to debut in March, will unpack the most challenging times in the artist’s life and career, including when she discovered the importance of her physical, emotional and mental health.
Demi stands for empowerment, and this documentary is going to answer the many questions that have been out there – providing a real window into the life of one of the biggest stars in the world, who is simply a human being." Ratner, "Demi’s willingness to explore the darkest elements of her life is going to leave the audience with a complete understanding of everything she’s been through and ultimately where she is going. Added the series' director and executive producer Michael D.
The first two episodes will launch on Lovato's YouTube channel on March 23, followed by the following two episodes that will be released weekly on the next two Tuesdays.” />
“YouTube Originals is committed to telling real stories about the complexities of life and for Demi to use our global platform to open up about this chapter is something we are very proud of.” “We are excited to continue sharing Demi's brave story,” said Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube.

YouTube also will host training sessions, workshops and networking programs. The 132 artists and creators picked for the first round of grants, announced Tuesday, will get dedicated partner support from YouTube and seed funding for the development of their channels. Last summer, amid racial-justice protests across the U.S. and in other countries, YouTube announced a $100 million fund dedicated to Black creators as part of a multiyear initiative.
YouTube's goal is to have more than 500 creators funded through the program over the next three years. Ducard said YouTube will open up the #YouTubeBlack Voice program to an open application process for the next round of grants.
Ducard declined to say how much YouTube is investing in the 2021 class of creators. But, he said, "These are meaningful partnerships and investments for these creators." There are no strings attached to funding, he added: "The creators can invest in their content and themselves as they see fit."
"This is not just us doing for them. They do for us because they make our products better." "It’s hard to understate the impact Black music culture has made not just in America but around the world," he said.
Lyor Cohen, global head of YouTube Music, told reporters the goal is to provide long-term career development to up-and-coming artists. Of the 132 YouTubers, 21 are music artists.
Added Ducard, "Our hope is these artists will become the biggest and most influential Black voices on our platform."” />
In 2016, the video platform hosted the first YouTube Black Summit in L.A. with a range of influential creators. "That was, for me, my most inspirational, potent moment at YouTube," Ducard said. YouTube has supported Black creators in the years since, but after the events of 2020, he said, "We wanted to do more."
YouTube announced the inaugural 2021 class of partners for its #YouTubeBlack Voices program — a group of 132 creators and artists from around the world who will receive funding and support from the video giant.
Profiles of some of the creators in the program can be found at this link. The 2021 #YouTubeBlack Voices creators come from seven countries — the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria — and include musicians, beauty entrepreneurs, comedians, activists, poets, personal trainers, teachers, parents and photographers.
For the first wave of selections, YouTube invited creators who had previously participated in YouTube Black events and programs to apply and evaluated applications across a number of factors such as channel performance and engagement metrics. Ideal candidates were interested in establishing a long-term channel strategy and releasing original content between Q4 2020 and Q2 2021. All candidates were reviewed by a global panel of YouTube staffers with knowledge of and/or experience with Black music and culture, according to YouTube.
"In the aftermath of the tragic and shameful killing of George Floyd in June, we wanted to dial up and show our commitment to this community in a new way," said Malik Ducard, YouTube's VP of responsibility, in a call with reporters.

The country, whose theatrical business was also devastated by the pandemic, collected $2.7 billion overall. The bulk of international earnings in 2020 came from China. For the first time, the Middle Kingdom was the world's biggest moviegoing market. Local war epic "The Eight Hundred" was the highest-grossing movie, not just in China, but worldwide with $461 million in ticket sales.
In the U.S., "Bad Boys for Life" — the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led action series — was the top earner at the box office. The Sony movie was released in mid-January, before coronavirus arrived in the country, and generated $204 million from domestic theaters. To compare, 2019's highest grossing movie, "Avengers: Endgame," produced $848 million in ticket sales from North American cinemas alone.
Sure, theaters were closed for a better part of the year as anticipated titles like "Mulan" skipped U.S. But industry experts maintain that the film exhibition industry will rebound. theaters and other scheduled films such as "No Time to Die" were pushed far into the future. Box office analysts look back at the uniquely unconventional year that was 2020 with measured optimism.
After a much-needed redesign of the title character, the family film set an opening weekend record for video game adaptations ($58 million) and ended its theatrical run with $146 million. Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog," the third-highest grossing movie of the year, was an unexpected breakout, even by pre-pandemic standards. The film, from Universal Pictures, opened nationwide in January and ultimately generated $157 million in North America. Ranking in second place was World War I drama "1917," which debuted in limited release in 2019 and was a major Oscar contender.
North American box office revenues in 2020 hit a 40-year low, struggling to reach $2.2 billion in total amid the coronavirus crisis. Movie theaters were forced to stay closed for a significant portion of the year beginning in late March and struggled to recover when some cinemas were able to reopen months later in August.
Still, several new high-profile movies played in theaters and drive-in venues. Months later, "Wonder Woman 1984" bowed on Christmas Day, when more than 60% of the country's movie theaters were closed. and Canada and $362 million globally. and $132 million globally so far. Those with traditional theatrical releases, like "Tenet" and "The New Mutants," generally got the cold shoulder from audiences, which have remained reluctant to return to the movies. Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," the first mega-budgeted film to release amid the pandemic, amassed a total of $46 million in the U.S. Most buzzy movies that were scheduled for 2020 were postponed or sent to streaming services. The superhero sequel, which launched simultaneously on HBO Max, has made $32 million in the U.S.
Capping off an unusual 12 months, it's the first time since 2015 that Disney didn't produce the highest-grossing film of the year. Though the studio released "X-Men" superhero thriller "The New Mutants" and Pixar's "Onward" theatrically, the year's biggest movie from the House of Mouse was "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which launched on Christmas Day in 2019 and added another $100 million in ticket sales this year.
"2021, though, will be the true test of what the future holds for the big screen."” /> "If 2020 proved anything, it's that the movie theater experience is undeniably appealing, relevant, and indeed resistant to all challenges thrown in its path," says Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with Comscore.
Paramount controlled 8.28% of the market with $183 million in sales. It's also the first time in years that Disney didn't dominate in terms of marketshare. Universal was close behind, having collected $487 million for 21.95% of Stateside marketshare. and Disney landed in third and fourth place, respectively. However, Comscore's figures for Disney don't include 20th Century Studios. When factoring in Fox's former film division, the studio adds another $187 million in revenues for an additional 8.43% of the market. In an upside-down year, Sony commanded 22.2% of the domestic market with $493 million, according to Comscore. The former generated $258 million to represent 11.66% of the market, while the latter amassed $255 million for 11.53% of the market. Warner Bros.
Worldwide returns suffered a similar drop, with global ticket sales totaling $12.4 billion — a 71% slide from the year prior. In 2019, the global box office cemented a new industry high as worldwide receipts surpassed $42.5 billion.
31, 2019 brought in a near-record $11.39 billion, thanks to the smash success of "Avengers: Endgame," "The Lion King" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home." 1 through Dec. Box office returns from Jan. That resulted in an 80% year-over-year decline from 2019, according to Comscore.

Meanwhile, SAG-AFTRA and the Producers Guild further recommended that on-set commercial production be temporarily paused in Southern California.
Film permit applications in the city and county of Los Angeles declined steeply in December, dropping 24.9 percent from November levels to 613 permits. FilmLA reported Tuesday.
Feature film production comprised 6% of permits in December. A total of 26 feature films, largely independents, commenced shooting in December, including "Monstrous," "Slayers" and "This Land." Reality TV shows shooting around town included "Dog Impossible" (NatGeo), "Jay Leno’s Garage" (NBC), "Teen Mom OG "(CBS All Access), and Season 5 of "People Magazine Investigates" (Investigation Discovery).
It wasn't until September that we started to see some of the scripted television production work and feature work resuming." FilmLA spokesman Philip Sokoloski explained, "When production was allowed to restart last June, the majority of work that powers the greater Los Angeles economy didn't start up right away.
"Everyone is waiting to see what's going to happen before making a firm commitment to restart," said Sokoloski.
Only a handful of TV series started shooting locally in December, including CBS’ "Ghosts," "Insecure" (HBO), "Tacoma FD" (HBO Max), "The L Word: Generation Q" (Showtime) and "The 3 of Us" (CBS).
Sokoloski said that productions shut down "largely on a voluntary basis because the industry, as it has all along, has placed enormous trust in the county public health authorities for their guidance and been very cooperative voluntarily with a request to do so as part of stopping the COVID-19 surge."
Television production comprised 27% of permits released in December.
TV, Universal Television, Disney Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television all indicated recently that they were pausing production until at least mid-January. CBS Studios, Warner Bros. On Dec. 24, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health urged the film industry to consider pausing production for a few weeks during the COVID-19 surge. The studios were highly invested in efforts to keep cast, crew and communities safe, and had already begun dialing activity back, as the extended holiday hiatus began.
However, there are still some permits in the process of being issued for filming to begin this week. Sokoloski says they are for predominantly for still photography.
As COVID-19 surged over the holidays, Sokoloski notes, the industry did begin to pull back.
Commercial production comprised 28% of permits approved in December. Projects that shot in Los Angeles County last month included spots for products like Haagen Dazs, Honda, Mountain Dew, and retailers/services such as Carl’s Jr., Lowe’s and Progressive.” />
This is the second straight month that FilmLA has seen permit requests drop, as production levels that picked up after the pandemic shutdown began to drop again. In November, monthly activity slipped 7.6 percent from October levels to 813 permits.
That accounts for the surge that happened in August when film permit applications rose 40% in August over July as location production restarts in the Los Angeles area amid COVID-19 restrictions.
“The industry has been extraordinarily responsible throughout the time of the pandemic, as demonstrated by their recent actions during the rise in cases of COVID-19 and embrace of strict safety protocols," reflected FilmLA President Paul Audley.
Sokoloski added that FilmLA hasn't seen the typical pickup in permit application after the holidays. "If you look at the permits that are being requested of our office, the ones that apply to larger-scale productions have typically been for a later in January start." That indicates to FilmLA that the industry intends to maintain its hiatus for a time.

Amazon announced it donated $1 million to the National Museum of African American Music to sponsor several initiatives at the museum, including “A Soundtrack for All: Amazon STEAM Days,” which will support local schools’ field trips to the museum.
“There is a rich tapestry of stories to be told within the walls of NMAAM, and the museum does an extraordinary job of making them vibrant and accessible,” said Courtney Ross, Amazon’s senior manager of External Affairs in Nashville. “We are excited to play a part in bringing them to life and contributing to the music education of the Nashville community.”” />
According to the announcement, the company's investment in and partnership with the museum aims to foster a collaborative and creative musical learning environment through a co-written curriculum and other initiatives that involve Nashville residents.
Adrienne Battle, director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “We are excited and grateful that Amazon has embraced the Nashville community and is committed to expanding opportunities and access for our students,” said Dr. “Understanding and experiencing the deep cultural impact of African Americans on all genres of music through NMAAM will be sure to enrich the educations and lives of our students.”
“Amazon’s gracious contribution to the museum is an investment not only in our mission, but also in the Greater Nashville music community,” said H. “The museum tells a story that is meant to be experienced, not just learned, and it is through partnerships like these that we are able to provide that to our patrons.” Beecher Hicks III, president and CEO of NMAAM.
The National Museum of African American Music says it will be the only museum dedicated solely to educating, preserving and celebrating the influence Black Americans have had on music.
The donation announcement follows news that the museum will officially have its ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 18, which Amazon will be a part of, with galleries opening to the public later in the month. Amazon will also sponsor "The Best of Theater" within the museum.

Last year, the Galerie Cinema had also opened its doors to singular virtual reality experiments, including Eliza McNitt’s "Spheres," an interactive journey co-produced by Darren Aronofsky.” /> Toussaint said the film weaved some thriller elements with a certain timeliness. The timely thriller, which is represented in international markets by Playtime, stars a prestigious cast including Berenice Bejo ("The Past"), Jeremy Renier ("Slalom") and Francois Cluzet ("Sink or Swim"). "The bombing has created a trauma with the Lebanese society, including in the film industry, so it was important to help these filmmakers. Devos co-wrote the script with David Clavel. Toussaint said the film's starting point is based on the "fascinating true story of Albert Kahn, a wealthy French philanthropist and naturalist who was sending people around the world to take pictures for his vast project called "The Archives of the Planet." In 1913, two women in France were sent by Kahn to travel to Ireland and take pictures there. She produced their debuts and kept up with them, giving them the necessary freedom to deliver original movies that found an international audience. "It's exciting to reteam with Philippe Le Guay and his topnotch crew on this new film, and I also find it very rewarding to accompany artists who are making their first films, and help them turn their vision into a film," said Toussaint. Anne-Dominique Toussaint, a Belgian-born revered yet discreet film producer based in Paris, has uncovered and championed many promising filmmakers through her company Les Films des Tournelles. "Devos expanded on this rich canvas and imagined the journey of these two women, Marguerite and Madeleine (to be played by Demousiter and Tillier), who didn't know each other and embarked on a long road trip all the way from France to Ireland," said Toussaint. The first step was to select the projects, and now our role is to listen to filmmakers, advise them, help them structure their films," said Toussaint. Devos' project "On the Road Again" is an ambitious 1913-set movie headlined by two female protagonists, which will be played by Anais Demoustier, who won last year's Cesar Award for her role in "Alice et le maire," and Doria Tillier ("La Belle Epoque"). Garrel's "Les deux amis," which opened at Cannes' Critics Week, is one of the notable feature debuts on Toussaint's track record, along with "The French Kissers," which earned Sattouf, a popular graphic novel writer, the Cesar Award for best first film in 2010, and Labaki's "Caramel," which opened at Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2007 and was a commercial and critical hit. The film is expected to start shooting in June. "Caramel" established Labaki as an important filmmaker on the international scene and marked a turning point in the career of Toussaint. During the pandemic, Toussaint reunited with Le Guay and managed to shoot one of his most ambitious films to date, "The Man From the Basement," on location in Paris during lockdown without a hitch. The suspense drama revolves around a Parisian couple who sells the basement in their building to a seemingly ordinary man who turns out to be a threat to their family. In the aftermath of the recent bombing in Beirut, the producer was chosen by France's National Film Board to oversee an emergency fund to help finance 17 film projects from Lebanon. "The atmosphere of the film is tense and intriguing, but at the same time it's a movie that is clearly grounded in today's conflict-ridden French society."

Although details of the plot are kept under wraps, the producer said the film was about a hateful man who spreads racist, anti-semitic lies, slowly dividing a family. Toussaint is also set to produce the feature debut of Camelia Jordana, the popular young actor of "The Things We Say, the Things We Do," and will produce Garrel's next film. And the best is yet to come. Diaphana is in talks to acquire French distribution rights. Since launching her company 32 years ago, Toussaint, who is known for her spot-on artistic taste and elegant demeanor, has nurtured long-term relationships with talent such as Nadine Labaki ("Caramel"), Riad Sattouf ("The French Kissers"), Louis Garrel ("Les deux amis") and Philippe Le Guay ("The Cost of Living"). The movie started her friendship with Labaki with whom she worked on following movies, notably "Where Do We Go Now?" and more recently the Oscar-nominated "Capernaum."

Through this friendship with Labaki, Toussaint has also developed a special bond to Lebanon. Always on the lookout for stimulating challenges, Toussaint is now getting ready to produce the feature debut of one of France's best-known actors, Emmanuelle Devos ("Read My Lips"). The producer said the film will be "spectacular" with a lush cinematography and landscapes, but "it will be mostly about the intimate bond that these strong, emancipated women forged through this adventure."

Toussaint is producing "On the Road Again" with Paddy Hayes in Ireland. Aside from her production activities, Toussaint is also an art lover who runs the Galerie Cinema, an art gallery located in the Marais in Paris, where many artists and filmmakers, from Romain Duris to James Franco, have exhibited their photographs.

ABC's new episode of "The Good Doctor" at 10 p.m. came in third for the night's numbers (0.5, 3.90), while NBC's game shows "The Wall" (0.5, 2.74) and "The Weakest Link" (0.5, 2.39) trailed behind in fifth and sixth.
Episode 2 was down over 17.3% in the key demo and down about 12.4 in total viewers compared to the premiere. Still, though the drama was particularly over-the-top for the series in the second episode thanks to a villainess that longs to reign over the luxury Nemacolin resort and terrorize her fellow players, the historic Season 25's ratings are still hitting low. In the Nielsen Live+Same Day ratings, last week's return of "The Bachelor" scraped a 1.3 in adults 18-49 and 5 million viewers, a record low for the 20-year franchise.
At that same hour, Fox aired a rerun of "9-1-1", and a rerun of "9-1-1: Lone Star" at 9 p.m. Elsewhere at 8 p.m., a rerun of CBS' "The Neighborhood" landed in second place in Monday primetime rankings, obtaining a 0.6 rating and 4.03 million viewers, followed by a new episode of "Ellen's Game of Games" on NBC, with a 0.5 rating, down 10.8% in the key demo, and 3.05 million viewers, up 6.2% in total viewers compared to last week's episode.
Throughout the evening, CBS aired reruns of "Bob Hearts Abishola," "All Rise," and "Bull," and the CW aired a rerun of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us." For the second time this week, the CW's came in last for ratings sorted both by the key demo and total viewers per minute, with the premiere of "All American Stories" at 8 p.m., garnering a rating of 0.1 and 0.38 million viewers.” />
Matt James, the first Black lead in the long-running ABC dating show "The Bachelor," scored on Monday night, attracting 4.58 million viewers and placing at the top of primetime numbers with a 1.1 rating in the key, adults age 18-49 demographic.

But CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus knew his team had completed a crucial pass by game’s end, when the winning team’s head coach, Sean Payton, agreed to be doused with Nick’s signature green slime. Putting professional football on kids-TV outlet Nickelodeon might at first blush seem like something of a Hail Mary.
“I think it’s probably the first of many collaborations between CBS Sports and the Viacom platforms,” says McManus in an interview, referring to the 2019 merger of CBS and Viacom.
“I think if we do it again, it would be on very select events, but we really haven’t made any decision about going forward.” We are still kind of analyzing it,” says McManus. “We haven’t made any decisions yet. CBS probably isn’t going to bump its main football team of Jim Nantz and Tony Romo for Green and Lumpkin (at least, not yet), but might there be more Nickelodeon football in the future?
That’s what happened this weekend as CBS put one of a new series of NFL Wild Card games on Nickelodeon and the streaming video hub CBS All Access; as Disney tested new game concepts that put a different game on the young-audience skewing Freeform and its broadband outlet ESPN Plus; and as NBCU put its Sunday night Wild Card game on Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo as well as its streaming outlet Peacock (complete with a bespoke post-game show).
Big media companies like ViacomCBS, Walt Disney, Fox and NBCUniversal have been experimenting with new kinds of formats and distribution models they can use to get audiences who might normally have less interest in a basketball game or golf match to go ahead and give one a try. As more TV viewers migrate to streaming venues to watch their favorite scripted programs, live sports – already one of most prominent economic pillars holding up the media industry – are taking on even more of a burden.
An average of 2.06 million viewers tuned in to see touchdowns celebrated by virtual cannons shooting green slime and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, one of the members of Nick’s “All That” sketch-comedy show, rattling off stats that included players’ favorite ice cream flavors. A game between the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints tailored to its young audience represented was the network’s most-watched program nearly four years. CBS Sports said Tuesday that the Nickelodeon broadcast, part of a wide series of interesting experiments with NFL football this past weekend, scored.
Actor Iain Armitage, who plays the title character in the CBS sitcom “Young Sheldon,” appeared frequently amid the bottom-of-the-screen graphics to explain a ruling (Nickelodeon followed the game broadcast with several episodes of the series). For every shot of a player walking around with a filter of a hamburger on his head and for every animated first-down line shown with a moving coat of green slime, the announcers made sure to weave in the details of the game. And announcers Noah Eagle and Nate Burelson made sure to quiz Green about what she thought might happen next or whether she understood what was taking place during game action.
He put specific emphasis on “how are we going to broadcast the game itself and still make it attractive to audiences of all ages.” CBS Sports and Nickelodeon executives spent nine months ironing out the details of how a young audience might watch a game, McManus says.
Maybe the idea of a Masters golf broadcast on TV Land isn’t just a pipe dream any more.” /> Meanwhile, who knows?
“Over and over, we heard how enjoyable it was for parents to watch with their kids of all ages,” says McManus. “We had hoped that was going to happen, but in reality, it did.”

Stuart, but I doubt that Hoover’s name will ever come off the FBI headquarters. We will take down Confederate monuments, we will dismantle statues of Robert E. Lee and J.E.B.
Why did you want to tell this story?
Currently binge-watching: British police procedurals like “Line of Duty” and “Unforgotten"
Age: 70
The FBI started out thinking King was a communist. But by bugging and monitoring his hotel rooms they learned that he was a married man who was having lots of affairs. They realized they couldn’t destroy his reputation by connecting him to communism, but they could destroy it by showing that this upstanding minister who was a prominent member of the civil rights struggle cheated on his wife. We started to realize after about two or three months of editing that the key was to focus on King and how Hoover’s obsession with him led him to break the law when it came to surveillance.
If he wasn’t making movie he’d “probably be doing lots of swimming, which I have not been able to do since the pandemic.”
But that’s not how he was perceived back then. Edgar Hoover is a pariah who used his position to destroy lives. Because today most Americans think of him as this iconic figure and J.
What do you hope viewers will take away from “MLK/FBI”?
America had lived through slavery, which had extended in a different form through Jim Crow and segregation. King and the other members of the civil rights struggle were upending the notion of what American democracy should be. Hoover was a symbol of the status quo, which he wanted to preserve, and he saw King as a threat. Honestly, he wasn’t that different than most Americans of that time. Here come these young upstarts saying there should be integration.
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Hometown: New York City
“MLK/FBI” mentions that in a poll in the 1960s, Hoover was more popular than King. That was fascinating to realize that Dr. King was the more controversial figure.
I hope they’ll think about what Donald Trump says every day about protesters on the streets destroying America and there being good people on both sides in Charlottesville. We need to have a reckoning about race — and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing for the past few months with the Black Lives Matter protests. He is using the same language and signals that were used by politicians from George Wallace to Ronald Reagan. I hope they think about what it means when he goes after Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee. This film is so damn timely.
Best advice he ever received: “Do you really want to make movies?”
Things you didn't know about Sam Pollard:
Why was Hoover so fixated on King?
In anticipation of the documentary’s release this month, here Pollard speaks with Variety, about why he thinks his exploration of the way that government institutions were abused and exploited for political vendettas in the civil rights era remains so timely.
 
that made a mockery of the justice system. Martin Luther King Jr. Sam Pollard’s “MLK/FBI” is an arresting look at how J. Edgar Hoover used the country’s top law enforcement agency to wage a surveillance campaign against Dr. By illegally wiretapping King’s hotel rooms, Hoover’s agents discovered that the minister was having adulterous relationships and tried to use that information to smear him, blackmail him and destroy his marriage.
Should it be rechristened? The FBI headquarters is named after Hoover.

The first project will be a rock opera that traces Japan's Imperial Family through the final days of World War II. The show, which has the working title “十” (the Japanese symbol for 10), was written to be performed by an entirely Asian company with gender-fluid casting.
The trio says their goal is to showcase stories that fall outside of traditional Hollywood-centric properties.
"Our hope is that, to whatever small degree we are able, we will have the opportunity to help restore balance to the musical theater landscape,"Shper says.
Outside of Cirque du Soleil, he has written the music for several live shows, including "Le Reve" at Wynn Las Vegas, "The House of Dancing Water" in Macau, China and "The Han Show" in Wuhan, China. This venture marks Jutras' first foray into English language musicals. Though the pandemic has brought live entertainment to a standstill, Jutras believes that theater will help people heal from the challenging COVID-19 crisis.
Benoît Jutras, the composer behind many Cirque du Soleil productions, is developing a slate of original musicals for the stage and screen.
"As the world’s theaters begin to re-open, we need to give our audiences incentive to return and re-discover the power of live performance," he said. "When musical theater works, it’s a high that lasts a lifetime. My collaborators and I are excited to make our contribution to this great medium."” />
Shper has been involved with the troupe's music division and Jeffs has been a consulting creating director since 2014. Cirque du Soleil is not involved in Jutras' new works, though he is reuniting with two frequent Cirque collaborators: Harris Shper and Taylor Jeffs.
What effect does the weight of that power have on an individual?" "The untold story of the last days of World War II has all the ingredients of a superlative antihero story," he said. "Reluctant to his position, Japan’s Emperor alone had the power to end the darkest period of modern history.
Of “十,” Jeffs said audiences may be surprised at the show's parallels to the world today.

We can’t wait to share them with TV fans everywhere.” “While these shows are very different thematically , what they have in common is a unique voice, excellent world building, and compelling storytelling. “Our driving force has always been to seek out talented storytellers who have a strong point of view,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBCUniversal.
All three shows were originally ordered to pilot as part of the 2019-2020 pilot season, but production on nearly every pilot across the broadcast networks was suspended due to the pandemic. NBC had announced in June that it would stagger production on its remaining pilots throughout the remainder of 2020 as part of its COVID safety protocols.
David Applebaum is writer and executive producer on "La Brea," with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, and Rachel Kaplan of Keshet Studios also executive producing along with Ken Woodruff.
"Grand Crew" stars Echo Kellum, Justin Cunningham, Carl Tart, Aaron Jennings, and Nicole Byer. It is about a group of Black friends who unpack the ups and downs of life and love at a wine bar.
Universal Television will produce. Goor is under an overall deal at the studio. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" alum Phil Augusta Jackson is writer and executive producer, with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" showrunner and co-creator Dan Goor also executive producing. Mo Marable directed the pilot and serves as co-executive producer.
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NBC has ordered the single-camera comedies "Grand Crew" and "American Auto" and the drama "La Brea" for the 2021-2022 broadcast season.
Universal Television will produce. Spitzer is under an overall deal at the studio. "Superstore" creator Justin Spitzer is the writer and executive producer on "American Auto," with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment also executive producing. Jeff Blitz is an executive producer and directed the pilot.
"American Auto" stars Ana Gasteyer, Jon Barinholtz, Harriet Dyer, Humphrey Ker, Michael B. Washington, Tye White and X Mayo. The series is set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.
Finally, "La Brea" stars Natalie Zea, Zyra Gorecki and Chiké Okonkwo with additional castings to come. When part of the family find themselves in an unexplainable primeval world, alongside a disparate group of strangers, they must work to survive and uncover the mystery of where they are and if there is a way back home. In the show, when a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens in Los Angeles, it tears a family in half, separating mother and son from father and daughter.