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Dick Gregory, Groundbreaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

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Dick Gregory, the pioneering standup comedian and civil rights activist who made his advocacy work a key component of his on-stage persona, died Saturday night in Washington, D.C. He was 84. Gregory’s death was confirmed by his family in an Instagram post. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for… Read more »

Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

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The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who… Read more »

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

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HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting to $20 Million Debut, ‘Logan’ Not So ‘Lucky’

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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won’t have to fight hard to claim the new No. 1 spot in the box office. The late summer entry starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to easily win this rather slow weekend. Lionsgate’s buddy action comedy is shooting towards a $20 million debut after taking in $8 million… Read more »

President Donald Trump Bows Out of Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have decided to bow out of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, the White House said Saturday. The decision comes after several of this year’s honorees — including Norman Lear and Lionel Richie — said they would skip the traditional White House reception that coincides with the… Read more »

Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market

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HAUGESUND, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.  It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council… Read more »

Phil McGraw

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Since 2002, Phil McGraw has been the host of “The Dr. Phil Show,” which became the highest rated daytime talk show once Oprah Winfrey left the air in 2011. One of the most widely recognized figures in his field, the author and retired psychologist brings a unique spin to television self-help. After gaining notoriety from… Read more »

Univision CEO Blasts ‘Abject Failure’ to Denounce White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis

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Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the LGBT community, the… Read more »

Taraji Henson

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Taraji P. Henson’s already-rising career took off even higher with the recent breakout success of the Fox drama series “Empire,” for which she’s won both a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice award, as well as receiving multiple Emmy nominations for her work on the program. Before “Empire,” Henson appeared on a number of other… Read more »

Lena Dunham

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Lena Dunham became a household name as the star and executive producer of the HBO cult hit comedy “Girls,” which wrapped its sixth and final season in 2017. The tireless, multitalented millennial helms a growing comedic empire built on her unique ability to tap into her generation’s angst and insecurities, told with a distinct voice… Read more »