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Stan Lee Public Memorial Celebration Being Planned By His POW! Entertainment

Comics icon Stan Lee was laid to rest earlier this week in a private funeral, but his POW! Entertainment company is planning a large public celebration of his life and legacy, according to a Twitter tweet. “Stan was always adamant that he did not want a large public funeral, and as such his family has conducted a private closed ceremony in accordance with his final wishes. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with him,” read a statement released from POW… Read

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Some Malibu Areas, Roads Reopened After Woolsey Fire Evacs

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has opened several Malibu areas affected by the Woolsey Fire. The areas are open as of 5:30 PM today. The following areas inside of the impacted fire area are now opened: This will include the following areas of Las Virgenes Road / Malibu Canyon Road: o Malibu City limit (south) o Mulholland Highway (north) o EXCEPTION: A traffic closure remains in effect to westbound traffic on Mulholland Highway from Malibu Canyon Road The… Read

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AMPAS Governors Awards Red Carpet Limited Because Of California Wildfires

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to “scale back” its Sunday red carpet event at the Governors Awards because of the devastating wildfires in California. “In light of the tragic wildfires burning through California, we have decided to scale back our red carpet at the Governors Awards this year, making it exclusively photos only,” said an AMPAS spokesperson. “The dinner and ceremony will continue in order to honor the achievements of these artists… Read

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NBC Opens Submissions For 2019-2020 Scripted Directing Programs

NBC has issued a call for submissions for the 2019-20 classes of its scripted directing programs, Female Forward and the Emerging Director Program. Both pipeline programs are designed to increase diverse representation in episodic directing. Female Forward aims to achieve gender parity in the director's chair, while the Emerging Director Program focuses on ethnically diverse men and gender non-binary talent. They are both part of the tent pole initiatives within the NBC Ta… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Pays Tribute To Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Victims Tonight

As America reels from the massacre in Pittsburgh this past weekend, This Is Us paid an homage to the city where much of the Dan Fogelman created series takes place. At the end of Tuesday’s “Kamsahamnida” episode on NBC, a titled card went up addressing the murders of 11 people in the Tree of Life synagogue on October 27. Now facing the death penalty, suspect  Robert Bowers’ vile action was the worst concentrated case of anti-semitism in American history. Executive… Read

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UCLA Buys Crest Theater, Will Become The Nimoy Theater Honoring Leonard Nimoy

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and its performing arts program, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, has acquired the Crest Theater on Westwood Boulevard. The landmark venue will be transformed into a new off-campus performing arts space that will serve as an important addition to UCLA's cultural venues and resources across the city. UCLA's purchase of the long-dormant theater was made possible by major gifts from actor, writer and director Susan… Read

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Enhances Synagogue Security In Wake Of Pittsburgh Shootings

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has sent out a tweet assuring the local Jewish community that city police are enhancing security around area Synagogues in the wake of the Pittsburgh mass shooting. Garcetti said that the LAPD would step up patrols and has reached out to community leaders to address any concerns in the wake of the incident. He said the Pittsburgh incident has no specific connection to anything in Los Angeles. The LAPD issued its own statement on the matter… Read

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Robert Durst, HBO Miniseries Subject, Must Stand Trial For Friend’s Murder

Robert Durst, who famously may have confessed to a murder on an HBO documentary, will have to stand trial for the 2000 slaying of his best friend, writer Susan Berman. A judge ruled Thursday there is enough evidence for Durst to stand trial. Durst is charged with shooting Berman in the back of the head at her Benedict Canyon home. Durst, age 75 ,was the subject of HBO’s The Jinx, a miniseries examining his wife's disappearance, Berman's death, and the killing of Durst… Read

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LAPD “Monitoring” Packages Sent To CNN, Obama, Clintons; Studios “Tightening” Security

As the NYPD swarm the area around CNN's HQ in the Big Apple after a suspicious package was delivered to the Columbus Circle building the morning, the LAPD are "monitoring" the situation but are not going to increase security around Hollywood studios, agencies, and media bureaus. "We have no plans right now to deploy officers at studios or other such locations in the city but we are keeping an eye on things," Officer Ray Brown of the department told Deadline this morning… Read

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Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke Talks TV, Film Biz At USC Forum

Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who oversees film and TV series for the streaming service, isn’t shoveling dirt on broadcast TV. "I don't think that it's on its deathbed," said Salke, speaking today at the Gould School of Law’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, a media summit at USC. "I think it is evolving quickly. But I still believe, knowing the amount of people we were reaching at NBC, that there's a huge audience that still comes." Driving that traffic… Read

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APA Promotes Bhargava, Nahai And Heller To Agents In Talent Department

APA has promoted Varun Bhargava, John Nahai, and Kris Heller to agents in the Talent Department.  All three were agent trainees in APA's Agent Training Program. Their positions are effective immediately, it was jointly announced today by partners and talent department co-heads, Ryan Martin and Jim Osborne, to whom they all report.  Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Bhargava is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in economics. He began his… Read

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Cartoon Network, Black Women Animate Set Boot Camp

Cartoon Network has partnered with Black Women Animate (BWA) to host the production company's first-ever Boot Camp Training Day on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank. What’s described as an intensive training day will provide BWA's collective members and extended community the opportunity to develop and enhance their animation skills through a series of master classes and panels with industry leaders. The event will kick off with a conversation… Read