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CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

Aug. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly combined ViacomCBS will invest in more movies and TV shows and try to sell more advertising as it seeks to become a bigger player in the growing business of streaming video. Yet the bigger company still might not be big enough to be competitive, as larger rival Disney launches its...

China bans movies, actors from prominent Taiwan film awards

Aug. 7, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday that it was banning Chinese movies and actors from participating in Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards, one of the Asian film industry's most prestigious honors, as Beijing ramps up economic and political pressure on the island it claims as its own territory. The one-sentence...

Judge rejects Weinstein appeal over sex trafficking charge

Aug. 5, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein lost an effort Monday to get a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether sex trafficking claims can legally be brought against him. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected the request by the disgraced movie mogul to immediately go to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

Illinois extends tax credits to producers working in state

Aug. 1, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed legislation extending tax credits for film production through 2026, a move he says will attract more industry jobs to the state. The incentives, which give companies 30% tax credits on production costs and on salaries up to $100,000, were set to expire...

Bolsonaro defends 200 days in power amid criticism

Jul. 18, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday defended his administration's first 200 days in power, while facing mounting criticism on issues ranging from the environment to nepotism. During the celebratory event held in the capital of Brasilia, Bolsonaro congratulated his government for not...

Scarlett Johansson: Comments on diversity were misconstrued

Jul. 14, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film. The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in "Ghost in the Shell" and canceled plans last year to portray a transgender man in the...

AT&T pulls 'Friends' from Netflix for its streaming service

Jul. 9, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is pulling "Friends" from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms. The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its service...

Hollywood executive's book recalls misbehaving stars, moguls

Jul. 9, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Hollywood executive Harris Katleman has an eclectic, five-decade track record that could only be the result of skill, moxie and luck. He championed the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the WWII novel "From Here to Eternity," made the impresarios behind "The Price is Right"...

'Toy Story 4' repeats at No. 1 over 'Annabelle,' 'Yesterday'

Jun. 30, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Toy Story 4" hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel "Annabelle Comes Home" opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: "Yesterday." The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic comedy...

'Jiu Jitsu' producer says film 'make-or-break' for Cyprus

Jun. 29, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A veteran Hollywood movie producer said Saturday that Cyprus' aspirations to become an international film destination hinge on whether authorities can deliver on a pledge to provide cash rebates and tax exemptions to filmmakers. Martin Barab said that his new, $27.5 million-film "Jiu...