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In this Aug. 2, 2018, photo, David Jassy, from left, front, a formerly incarcerated advocate, hip hop artist Common and Imagine Justice political advisor Michael Latt tour San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. They are joined by Aun Madison, rear from left, Common's assistant, Jessica Jackson co-founder and National Director of #CUT50, Alex Gudich the Deputy Director of #CUT50. Common and Imagine Justice has launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups calling attention to the threat coronavirus poses on millions of people jailed or imprisoned in the U.S. (JT McGlockton/Imagine Justice via AP)

Common's #WeMatterToo push urges jail releases amid virus

May. 13, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper and activist Common went into quarantine concerned about incarcerated people he has met during visits to jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers around the U.S. and who aren't able to maintain social distance or adopt rigorous hygiene routines to prevent the spread of COVID-19....

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1974, file photo, challenger Muhammad Ali, top, watches as defending world champion George Foreman goes down to the canvas in the eighth round of their WBA/WBC championship match in Kinshasa, Zaire. The 1996 film

Column: A look at some of the best sports documentaries

May. 1, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

Sports and cinema have an uneasy alliance. For every “Raging Bull,” there are an abundance of flicks that get it wrong when they try to recapture a memorable event or famous athlete. Seriously, how does the compelling life of Babe Ruth produce not one, but two of the greatest stinkers in the history...

FILE - In this March 31, 2007 file photo, masked Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos, left, singer Oscar Chavez, center, and Zapatista commanders Tacho, second from right, and David talk during a meeting in Mexico City. Chavez’s office announced Thursday, April 30, 2020, that he has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verudog, File)

Mexican protest singer Oscar Chávez dies of COVID-19 at 85

Apr. 30, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of Mexico’s best-known protest singers, Oscar Chávez, died Thursday at age 85 after being infected with the coronavirus. Mexico's culture secretary confirmed the singer's death, and the State Workers' Social Security Institute said he died of complications from COVID-19...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, an Oscar statue is pictured at the press preview for the 91st Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Streaming films eligible for Oscars, but for 1 year only

Apr. 28, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has...

FILE - In this February 20, 2018 file photo the American director and animated film producer Gene Deitch poses for the photographer with his book of memories 'For the Love of Prague' in Prague, Czech Republic. Deitch, living in Prague with his Czech wife, animator and producer Zdenka Najmanova, has died at the age of 95 years. Deitch directed Czechoslovak-American animated film 'Munro' that won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film in 1961. (Vit Simanek/CTK via AP)

US animator, filmmaker Gene Deitch dies in Prague at 95

Apr. 18, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Gene Deitch, an American Oscar-winning illustrator, animator, film director and producer has died. He was 95. His Czech publisher, Petr Himmel, told The Associated Press Deitch died unexpectedly during the night from Thursday to Friday in his apartment in Prague’s Little Quarter...

FILE - This 1990 file photo shows director of photography Allen Daviau speaking during an interview in Los Angeles. Daviau, who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s films including “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” died Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at age 77.  (AP Photo/Julie Markes, FIle)

‘E.T.,’ 'Bugsy' cinematographer Allen Daviau dies at 77

Apr. 16, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cinematographer Allen Daviau, who shot three of Steven Spielberg’s films including “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” has died. A representative from the American Society of Cinematographers said Wednesday that Daviau died Tuesday of complications from COVID-19. He was...

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Quibi stars have no quibble with new phone-only filmmaking

Apr. 13, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They were skeptical. The name was weird. The concept was a little crazy — but it was intriguing. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz and rising star Stephan James each overcame initial reluctance to become pioneers in Quibi, the mobile phone-only platform that offers installments of movies...