Entertainment industry

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2019 file photo, Peter Jackson poses for photographers at the BAFTA awards in London. Jackson's company, Weta Digital, one of the world’s premier visual effects companies, will begin producing original content. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
June 18, 2020 - 5:00 pm
Weta Digital, the Academy Award-winning visual effects company that made “The Lord of the Rings” and “Avatar” possible, is making original animated content for cinemas and streaming for the first time in its 25-year history. The company also said Thursday that Prem Akkaraju had joined the New...
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In this March 31, 2020 photo provided by Sean Giovanni, Benji Harris, an artist/songwriter and client executive for a company called Song Division, leads a virtual songwriting team building workshop for a corporate client at The Record Shop, a recording studio in Nashville, Tenn., owned by Sean Giovanni. Giovanni got an important lesson that will help his business long after the pandemic has subsided. The Record Shop doesn’t have to be limited to what it can produce onsite. (Sean Giovanni via AP)
June 18, 2020 - 11:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus outbreak forced Sean Giovanni to shut down his recording studio in for two months, he dropped off mobile equipment at staffers’ and artists’ homes. He hoped remote recording would bring in some revenue. It did. Along with the income, Giovanni got an important...
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FILE - This Dec. 21, 2012 file photo shows Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the stage production of "Les Miserables" in Sydney, Australia for the premiere of the film version. Some of London’s biggest West End shows, including “Hamilton” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” won’t reopen until next year, producers announced Wednesday June 17, 2020, as arts bodies warned that Britain faces a “cultural catastrophe” because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
June 17, 2020 - 1:05 pm
LONDON (AP) — Some of London’s biggest West End shows, including “Hamilton” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” won’t reopen until next year, producers announced Wednesday, as arts bodies warned that Britain faces a “cultural catastrophe” because of the coronavirus pandemic. Producer Cameron Mackintosh...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, an Apple logo adorns the facade of the downtown Brooklyn Apple store in New York. Apple’s new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 16, 2020 - 12:11 pm
LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple's mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU's battle against the dominance of big tech companies. The EU's executive Commission said it...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The Oscars are implementing some big changes, including having a set number of best picture nominees and to-be-determined representation and inclusion standards for eligibility. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Friday that there will be 10 best picture nominees beginning with the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
June 15, 2020 - 4:49 pm
For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic’s effects on...
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June 12, 2020 - 7:41 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The closely watched arrival of Christopher Nolan's big-budget sci-fi espionage film “Tenet” will finally happen on July 31, Warner Bros. announced Friday. The studio said it would delay the release by two weeks and instead re-issue Nolan's 2010 sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” in...
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June 11, 2020 - 6:16 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Oscar-winning Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro González Iñárritu joined actress Salma Hayek to set up a fund to help support movie industry workers out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Mexican Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences announced the fund...
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This combination photo shows, from left, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt during a news conference in Houston on Jan. 4, 2020, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul during a game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix on Jan. 31, 2020 and Brad Paisley at the 51st annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Watt, Paul and Paisley will appear in upcoming episodes of Amazon’s docuseries “Regular Heroes,” focusing on everyday people who are supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo)
June 11, 2020 - 4:53 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NFL star J.J. Watt, NBA player Chris Paul and country singer Brad Paisley will appear in an Amazon series that highlights everyday people who are supporting their community during the coronavirus pandemic. Paul will make a guest appearance on the fifth episode of “Regular Heroes...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2018, file photo, a statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson stands outside an entrance to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was removed from in front of the team's stadium, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. "We were aware of the most recent conversation surrounding the Jerry Richardson statue and are concerned there may be attempts to take it down," the team said in a statement. "We are moving the statue in the interest of public safety." (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, FIle)
June 10, 2020 - 5:30 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who was accused in 2017 of making sexually suggestive comments to women and a racial slur directed at a black team scout, was lifted from its pedestal outside the team's stadium and taken away Wednesday. “We were...
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This May 14, 2020, photo shows an AMC theater sign at a nearly empty parking lot for the theater in Londonderry, N.H. After three months of near total blackout of cinemas nationwide, movie theaters are preparing to reopen - even if it means only a few titles on the marquee and showings limited to as little as 25% capacity. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
June 09, 2020 - 9:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — After three months of near total blackout of cinemas nationwide, movie theaters are preparing to reopen — even if it means only a few titles on the marquee and showings limited to as little as 25% capacity. AMC Theaters, the world's largest theater operator, said Tuesday that it...
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