Amid Musk Twitter chaos, athletes & celebs cope just like us
Much like many of Twitter's hundreds of millions of users, professional sports stars and celebrities from the entertainment world are dealing with the chaos and uncertainty surrounding the microblogging app since Elon Musk took it over and began trimming the staff and making other changes.
Public reaction to killings at Atlanta-area massage parlors
Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs have left multiple people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said Tuesday. The shootings happened under the trauma of increasing violence against Asian Americans nationwide, fueled by white supremacy and systemic racism.” — Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta. Ad___“The surge in violence against Asian Americans over the last year is a growing crisis. We need action from our leaders and within our communities to stop the hate.” — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ... Our entire nation must come together to speak out to Stop Asian Hate."
Laying out data, Netflix touts its record on inclusivity
This image released by Netflix shows Phoebe Dynevor, left, and Rege-Jean Page in a scene from "Bridgerton." Netflix films were more likely to have women directing (23.1%), writing (25.2%) or producing (29%) than the top-grossing movies of 2018 and 2019. In Netflix films and series, 31.9% of leads were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Latino representational lagged especially, accounting for just 4% of film leads and 1.7% of series leads. LGBTQ leads were featured in only 2.3% of Netflix films and series, though 12% of the U.S. population identifies as LGBTQ.
Zendaya, Oprah, others react to death of Cicely Tyson
FILE - Cicely Tyson arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)LOS ANGELES – Reaction to the death of Tony and Emmy-winning actor Cicely Tyson at 96. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Cicely Tyson just published her memoir this week!! "I’m sad to hear the news that we lost our dear Cicely Tyson, the sweetest person I’ve ever met.
Study: Pandemic eats into LGBTQ representation on network TV
The percentage of regularly seen LGBTQ characters on streaming as well as prime-time broadcast TV and cable during the 2020-21 season fell. Prime-time broadcast fell to 9.1% after reaching an all-time high of 10.2% last season. GLAAD's report, “Where We Are on TV,” found that 70 out of 773 series regular characters on broadcast scripted prime-time TV were LGBTQ. The group found good news on the second request in the latest study — over half of LGBTQ characters on cable television were people of color, meeting GLAAD’s challenge. The advocacy group noted that nearly half of all LGBTQ representation in prime-time scripted cable is seen on just three networks — FX, Freeform and Showtime.
New this week: 'Soul,' a Tom Hanks film & 'Bridgerton' on TV
This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the character 22, voiced by Tina Fey, left, and Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in a scene from the animated film "Soul." But with more than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the biggest movies of the year — “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” — will be going straight to streaming. — Also arriving Christmas Day is “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins' sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 film. With Gal Gadot returning, “Wonder Woman 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is good” decade. — AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.
Ahead of the election, a landslide of documentaries
This combination photo shows poster art for political documentaries, from left, "All In: The Fight for Democracy," "Boys State," "537 Votes," "Slay the Dragon," and "The Fight." The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day. (Amazon, from left, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max, Magnolia Pictures, Magnolia Pictures via AP)NEW YORK – The election has unleashed an avalanche of documentaries like no season before it. In a presidential election of enormous stakes, filmmakers have rushed to finish their films before Election Day, to try to inform, sway and entertain the electorate.
Veteran TV executive Channing Dungey jumps to Warner Bros.
Dungey has been named chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, starting her tenure at the studio early next year. Dungey will succeed Peter Roth who will be stepping down from his Studio responsibilities running the TV Group and its operating divisions in early 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Veteran TV industry executive Channing Dungey was named chairman of the Warner Bros. Television Group after tenures at ABC and Netflix in which she shepherded hit series including “Scandal." She resigned earlier this month, sparking reports that she was destined for Warner Bros. She joins Pearlena Igbokwe, head of NBC Universal’s television studios, as a rare Black executive in charge of a TV studio.
Sandra Oh Reveals Why Shonda Rhimes Wouldn't Let Her Play Olivia Pope on 'Scandal'
Sandra Ohreally wanted to play Olivia Pope. "I remember exactly where I was when I read that damn pilot," Oh tells Kerry Washington, who went on to play Olivia Pope. Someone snuck it to me, I dont know who it was, but I got my hands on that pilot and I read it and I was just like, 'How could I play Olivia Pope?'" "I felt like I, too, was very protective of Olivia Pope -- and devoted. Though Oh didn't end up landing the role of Olivia Pope, she's thankful for her time starring on Grey's Anatomy.
Michelle Obama Shares With Shonda Rhimes Why Voting Matters
In a new Q&A with writer and producer Shonda Rhimes for Harper's Bazaar, the former first lady responds to those who feel voting doesn't directly affect them. That's what happens when you don't vote: You are giving away your power to someone else -- someone who doesn't see the world the same as you. "They're hoping that youll stay home so that they can make these important decisions for you." Obama points out that voting is so much more important than simply supporting a specific candidate, but actually has real-life consequences in one's local community. Earlier this month, both Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, gave inspiring commencement speeches for YouTube's Dear Class of 2020.
‘How to Get Away With Murder’ saves its last big twists for series finale
Editor's note: The following contains spoilers about the "How to Get Away With Murder" series finale. (CNN) -- If you lost track of “How to Get Away With Murder” after the buzzy first season, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Frankly, this is one of those shows that shouldn't have dragged on this long, demonstrating that you can only get away with a concept like "Murder" for so long. That culminated in Annalise's murder trial, which played out in the final episode after a teased shooting on the courthouse steps and glimpse of Annalise's funeral, leaving the implication that she had met an untimely and violent end. That said, the finale wasn't entirely unredeemed, thanks to the showcase it provided Davis.
More celebs join Michelle Obama's voter outreach drive
NEW YORK, NY – Election Day is over, but Michelle Obama is still trying to get out the vote. Obama is already a co-chair, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill, Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, and basketball star Chris Paul. When We Vote, a nonprofit, describes itself as a nonpartisan group dedicated to increasing voter participation. The announcement Thursday marks a year until the 2020 elections, which includes the presidential race. ___This story has been corrected to delete incorrect reference that the 2020 general elections are happening a year to the date of Thursday.