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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...

Arkansas laser company slated to launch movie projector

Jul. 29, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

ALEXANDER, Ark. (AP) — Power Technology Inc., a home-grown Arkansas company that's been doing innovative things with lasers for 50 years, is ready for its cinema close-up. The Alexander business still manufactures the first product it ever developed, a portable laser first used to lay sewage pipe, but its...

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"...

Drive-In is country's last showing 35 mm films every weekend

Jul. 2, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

LEHIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — As cars roll into the Mahoning Drive-In Theater and wait for the sun to go down, Jeff Mattox loads the first reel of 35 mm film onto a Simplex E7 projector. "Years ago, this was the way it was done," Mattox said, as he pointed out the different parts of the 70-year-old twin projectors...