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Netflix executive touts 'golden era' of streaming service

Dec. 6, 2019 7:33 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An executive with Netflix says the streaming giant has boosted its original content exponentially over the last several years and that will mean more action for its production hub in New Mexico, where state officials have been busy trying to woo more big partners in the industry. ...

Redevelopment of Albuquerque Rail Yards gets $1.2M boost

Dec. 4, 2019 12:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Commerce Department is awarding the city of Albuquerque a $1.2 million grant to help with redevelopment of its historic rail yards. Commerce Department officials were joined by Mayor Tim Keller and others in announcing the funding Wednesday. They say the award is expected...

The small-town movie house braces for an unexpected threat

Nov. 27, 2019 2:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Callicoon Theater is a single-screen cinema along the banks of the Delaware River in the Catskills, in rural upstate New York. It has an art-deco facade and 380 seats. “We never sell out,” its box-office phone line promises. There’s not another theater for 30 miles....

Producer, director Marks dies; helmed ‘Perry Mason’ episodes

Nov. 23, 2019 9:34 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime producer and director Arthur Marks, who helmed many episodes of the “Perry Mason” TV series and produced several hit blaxploitation films, died at age 92. Marks passed away Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, California, his son Paul said Saturday. “My...

Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to "Dumbo," “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems...

A Whole New World: Disney streaming debuts with hit brands

Nov. 11, 2019 1:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney will sprinkle its pixie dust on the streaming arena Tuesday, as its Disney Plus service debuts with an arsenal of marquee franchises including Marvel and Star Wars, original series with a built-in fan base and a cheap price to boot. The $7-a-month commercial-free service is poised to...

Questions mount around Las Cruces film set purchase

Nov. 2, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Movie sets are essential for producing dramatic films, but are those sets themselves works of art? That's how the city resolved a months-long internal investigation last year into whether a $20,000 purchase of film sets by the city, for the use of nonprofit organization Film Las...

Robert Evans, iconic producer of 'Chinatown,' dies at 89

Oct. 28, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Evans, the protean, fast-living Hollywood producer and former Paramount Pictures production chief who backed such seminal 1970s films as "Chinatown," ''The Godfather" and "Harold and Maude," has died. He was 89. Evans publicist, Monique Moss, confirmed that Evans died on Saturday. No...

Utah sees rapid growth in film and television productions

Oct. 26, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's tree-lined suburbs and sweeping landscapes of red bluffs, deserts and lakes have increasingly dotted the silver screen in recent years, serving as the backdrop for several popular movies and TV shows including "Hereditary," ''Westworld," and the Disney Channel series "Andi...

City considers cash shift to promote TV and movie production

Oct. 26, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Some officials in a southwest Mississippi city want to shift money earmarked for business recruitment and to promote film and television production. Natchez aldermen this week voted 5-1 to research whether up to $100,000 in property tax revenue could be redirected. The money now goes...