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Viola Davis determined to go above and beyond on diversity

Jun. 24, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen. "We're not social statements. We're not mythical creatures all the time ... you can literally put pen to...

Review: Sail away with the must-see documentary 'Maiden'

Jun. 24, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

Just over 30 years ago, a woman named Tracy Edwards had the idea to lead an all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. It wasn't exactly met with a groundswell of support, or any support, for that matter. The thing is, for a pastime that has so many feminine terms associated with it, there was a...

Warner Bros. names BBC's Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO

Jun. 24, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — BBC executive Ann Sarnoff was named chief of Warner Bros. on Monday, making her the first woman to head the movie studio in its 96-year history. Her appointment follows the departure in March of Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down after misconduct allegations. WarnerMedia chief executive John...

The Latest: Nipsey Hussle honored with award at BET Awards

Jun. 24, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The late Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards. Rapper T.I. presented the posthumous award Sunday to his family that included his...

'Toy Story 4' opens big but below expectations with $118M

Jun. 23, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Toy Story 4" brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film's below-expectations debut didn't quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. The "Toy Story 4" opening, according to...

University of Michigan receives 2 separate $10M gifts

Jun. 23, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says it's received two separate, $10 million gifts designed to benefit a campus library as well as its business school and film and television department. The Ann Arbor school's William C. Clements Library has accepted $10 million from the Avenir...

Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

Jun. 23, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight. "Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names. That's all you have to do," Davis told the audience during a panel...

10 troubled, triumphant years for the Michael Jackson estate

Jun. 22, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ten years ago, entertainment lawyer John Branca and Michael Jackson renewed the partnership that had brought the wealth and status of both men to new heights. Eight days later, Jackson would be dead. Yet his role in Branca's life would only become larger. Branca has represented his own...

Weinstein fights sex trafficking claims in actress' lawsuit

Jun. 21, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyers sought Friday to toss out the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul maintains is trying to capitalize on the legal success of other women. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court to try to persuade a judge to reject...

District 12 of 'The Hunger Games' is now a historic place

Jun. 21, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — What would the folks in the Capitol think? District 12 is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Henry River Mill Village, which served as the home of the three main characters from the original "The Hunger Games," was named a historic place last month and announced by...