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Mary Mara, Actress in ‘ER’ and ‘Law & Order’, Dies at 61

Mary Mara, Actress in ‘ER’ and ‘Law & Order’, Dies at 61
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Mary Mara, an actress known for roles in ER, Criminal Minds, Ray Donovan and Law & Order, has died. She was 61.

In a report published Monday by the New York State Police, officials confirmed that Mara’s body was discovered in the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent, N.Y. on the morning of June 26. The preliminary investigation suggests Mara drowned while swimming.

According to the report, there were no signs of foul play. Mara was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office where an official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. The investigation is ongoing.

Mara starred in a myriad of television and film projects, making her debut in the 1989 television movie, The Preppie Murder. Mara’s television credits include roles on E.R., Law & Order, Ray Donovan, Nash Bridges, Lost, Shameless, Nip/Tuck, The Practice, Gideon’s Crossing,
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‘The Old Man’ Starring Jeff Bridges Renewed for Season 2 at FX

‘The Old Man’ Starring Jeff Bridges Renewed for Season 2 at FX
The Old Man” has been renewed for Season 2 at FX.

The drama series debuted on FX on June 16. The first season will consist of seven episodes total with the fourth set to air on June 30 before becoming available to stream on Hulu.

Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Perry, centers on Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

The
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Emma Roberts Cast in Sony’s Star-Studded Marvel Movie ‘Madame Web’

Emma Roberts Cast in Sony’s Star-Studded Marvel Movie ‘Madame Web’
Emma Roberts has been cast in “Madame Web,” the latest movie set in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.

The actor is joining a star-studded ensemble, which includes Dakota Johnson as the title hero and “Euphoria” breakout Sydney Sweeney in an undisclosed role. As previously announced, Celeste O’Connor (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”), Isabela Merced (“Dora and the Lost City of Gold”) and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) are rounding out the call sheet.

Madame Web” serves as an origin story for the comic book character, a clairvoyant whose psychic abilities allow her to see within the spider world itself. In the comics, her abilities prove to be greatly beneficial to Spider-Man and his fellow arachnid allies but given her condition she’s never battled villains herself.

S.J. Clarkson, whose Marvel bonafides include “Jessica Jones” and “The Defenders,” is directing “Madame Web.” Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who previously collaborated on Jared Leto’s vampire thriller “Morbius,
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BET Awards 2022: Complete List of Winners

BET Awards 2022: Complete List of Winners
The 22nd annual BET Awards spread the wealth among a variety of winners Sunday night, while everyone from host Taraji P. Henson to presenter Janelle Monáe to winners Jazmine Sullivan and Best New Artist Latto took turns denouncing Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion.

Sullivan and The Weeknd won as best R&b artists, while Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak and Silk Sonic won for best group. Megan Thee Stallion and Kendrick Lamar were honored as best hip-hop stars.

In addition, Sean “Diddy” Combs accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and surprise guest Kanye “Ye” West.

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Daytime Emmys: ‘General Hospital,’ ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Among Top Winners

Daytime Emmys: ‘General Hospital,’ ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ Among Top Winners
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) 2022 Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out Friday during an in-person ceremony, hosted by Entertainment Tonight‘s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner, that aired on CBS. The hosts’ show took home the award for best entertainment news series.

ABC’s General Hospital led with five wins for best drama series, supporting actor (Jeff Kober), actress (Kelly Thiebaud) and young performer (Nicholas Chavez) in a drama series, as well as for the drama’s writing team.

Best actor and actress went to The Bold and the Beautiful’s John McCook and The Young and the Restless’ Mishael Morgan, respectively — the latter making history as the first Black actress to win in the category.

The Kelly Clarkson Show won two awards: best entertainment talk show and best entertainment talk show host. Tamron Hall also won for hosting her eponymous informative talk show,
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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’: First Look Revealed (Exclusive)

Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Pathaan’: First Look Revealed (Exclusive)
Producer Yash Raj Films has revealed the keenly anticipated first look for Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “Pathaan.”

The look is revealed in a motion poster, a favored Bollywood way of teasing the film and features a gun toting Khan. The poster dropped on June 25, which marks the 30th anniversary of “Deewana” (1992), Khan’s film debut.

“Thirty years of Shah Rukh Khan is a cinematic moment in itself in the history of Indian cinema and we wanted to celebrate it with his millions and millions of fans globally,” said “Pathaan” director Siddharth Anand (“War”). “Today is Shah Rukh Khan day and we need to tell the world that. This is team ‘Pathaan’s way of saying thank you to Shah Rukh for the countless memories and smiles that he has given all of us in his incredible journey in cinema.”

“He is the alpha man on a mission in
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‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Location Managers Guild Awards Nominees

‘Top Gun: Maverick,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among Location Managers Guild Awards Nominees
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The Location Managers Guild International announced the nominations for its 9th annual Lmgi Awards, which will return with an in-person event on Aug. 27.

Feature film nominees include the location managers behind Top Gun: Maverick, No Time To Die, and Everything, Everywhere All at Once. Among the TV noms are Stranger Things, Succession and Yellowstone.

For the Outstanding Film Commission award, the Guild nominated the City of Brantford, Ontario, Canada; City of Kingston (also in Ontario); the Hawaii Film Office, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, Oklahoma Film & Music Office and The Royal Film Commission in Jordan.

The complete list of nominees follows:

Outstanding Locations in a Contemporary Television Series

Atlanta – Season 3 – FX Productions/FX Network

Better Call Saul – Season 6 – High Bridge Productions/AMC

Reservation Dogs – Dive/FX Networks

Succession – Season 3 – Gary Sanchez Productions/HBO

Yellowstone – Season 4 – Paramount Network

Outstanding Locations in a Period Television Series
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YouTube Commands Two Thirds of the Video Ad Market – for Now | Charts

YouTube is dominating the lion’s share of the online video ad market as longer videos prove easier to monetize for platforms and advertisers. That’s currently working in YouTube’s favor, but shorter ads are becoming popular and may give TikTok an opening to steal some of that market share. Advertisers are pouring a lot more money into YouTube this year as the market doubles down on video. In the first quarter of 2022, ad spend on YouTube skyrocketed 57 over the previous quarter, to 482 million, according to ad intelligence platform MediaRadar. There was an overall 30 increase in online video ad spending from Q4 2021, totaling 5.5 billion in the quarter. Across digital, investments in video have been steadily growing since last year, with online video ad spending up 42 from 2020, totaling 14.8 billion — 66 of which was spent on YouTube, according to MediaRadar. The increasing spend continues to boost YouTube’s whopping 28.8 billion in annual ad revenue,
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‘American Pain’ Review: A Gripping Documentary Portrait of Twin Kings of the Pill Mill Hill

‘American Pain’ Review: A Gripping Documentary Portrait of Twin Kings of the Pill Mill Hill
Though it’s been consistently overshadowed by more dramatic breaking news stories, few issues have dealt 21st-century U.S. society such a crippling blow as the opioid crisis. There have been documentaries about afflicted communities, irresponsible pharmaceutical manufacturers and misguided or corrupt prescribing physicians, as well as fictive depictions and bestselling print exposés like Patrick Redden Keefe’s “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.” But it’s hard to think of a prior chronicle quite so luridly indicting as “American Pain.”

A serious muckrake after the relatively softball exercise of 2018 crowdpleaser “Science Fair” (which was co-directed with Cristina Costantini), Darren Foster’s second feature draws on his long-term opioid-related TV reporting to paint a particularly horrible kind of all-American success story. Its principal figures are twin South Florida brothers whose ruthless exploitation of weak regulation and an addiction epidemic made them, for a time, the nation’s single largest “pill mill.
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Even Top Creators Find That Star Power Is Fleeting

Even Top Creators Find That Star Power Is Fleeting
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VidCon, the marquee gathering for creators and influencers, was poised for a triumphant return to Anaheim after its two-year Covid-19 hiatus. And this year, TikTok — the once upstart platform that skyrocketed during the pandemic to more than 1-billion plus active users — was taking over YouTube’s spot as the conference’s title sponsor, promising the presence of top TikTok creators and an injection of new energy into the 12-year-old conference.

The creator economy has skyrocketed in the past few years, with the market size for consumers spending money on creators projected to grow from 9.8 billion to more than 18 billion, according to an Oct. 2021 report from UTA. And with that growth has come sizable budgets from brands inking lucrative deals with talent and sustained interest from burgeoning creators seeking to monetize their followings and turn their content into a business. Influencer marketing spend in the U.
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Imagine Entertainment Teams With Taiwan’s Taicca on Content Development Lab

Imagine Entertainment Teams With Taiwan’s Taicca on Content Development Lab
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Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is extending its reach to Taiwan. The company said Tuesday that it has partnered with Taicca (Taiwan Creative Content Agency) and Taipei-based studio Sixty Percent Productions to produce Emerge, a new program designed to support Taiwanese writers, directors and producers to develop Chinese-language original TV series.

Taicca said it initiated Emerge to give Taiwanese creators the opportunity to maximize their talents to meet the challenges of a competitive global market being remade by the surge in demand for premium Asian storytelling on streaming platforms. For its inaugural edition, the program will select five projects to undergo an intensive 20-week development program supervised by Imagine Entertainment and Sixty Percent Productions, with experienced global TV producers, showrunners and executives as guest lecturers. In addition to developing high-quality, production-ready content, the program aspires to help the participating talent
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James Corden Voices ‘Disgust and Anger’ at Supreme Court for Overturning Roe v. Wade

James Corden Voices ‘Disgust and Anger’ at Supreme Court for Overturning Roe v. Wade
“The Late Late Show” host James Corden has voiced his “utter disgust and anger” at the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a reversal that has effectively dissolved the federal protection of abortion rights that has existed since 1973. States will now be able to individually decide upon abortion rights, with many expected to ban them.

Standing alone in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, the seat of British politics, Corden delivered an almost three-minute long monologue about the decision in the pre-recorded segment, which aired at the start of “The Late Late Show” on Monday night in the U.
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‘Frankenstein’ Reimagining, Series From ‘R.E.D.’ Director, ‘Babylon Berlin’ and ‘Valley of Tears’ Creators Among Sky Deutschland Slate

‘Frankenstein’ Reimagining, Series From ‘R.E.D.’ Director, ‘Babylon Berlin’ and ‘Valley of Tears’ Creators Among Sky Deutschland Slate
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A reimagining of Mary Shelley’s horror classic Frankenstein, a 1950s drama about the Nazi scientists who helped create the U.S. space program and a post-apocalyptic tale set on a North Sea island are among the new original series unveiled Tuesday by Sky Deutschland, the German arm of Comcast’s European pay TV group Sky.

Sky has commissioned German director Robert Schwenkte (R.E.D., Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins) to helm seven-part sci-fi series Helgoland 513: 2034, based on his original script. The post-apocalyptic drama imagines a world in which the North Sea island of Helgoland has become the last safe haven for humanity. But the totalitarian society in charge dictates that only 513 people be allowed to live on the island, with every resident given a “social ranking” according to their “usefulness.” All the while, a dangerous force from the mainland is
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Hugh Bonneville on Future of ‘Downton Abbey’: “It Might Be the Right Time to Stop”

Hugh Bonneville on Future of ‘Downton Abbey’: “It Might Be the Right Time to Stop”
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Downton Abbey: A New Era, Focus Features’ second feature spin-off from the phenomenally successful TV series, jitterbugged its way into cinemas earlier this year.

Bringing back the original ensemble of regulars, plus a few new additions in Dominic West, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Nathalie Baye, the film — directed by Simon Curtis — ramped up the high-society hi-jinx, with sumptuous weddings, luxurious trips to the south of France and the rather meta inclusion of a silent era Hollywood film being shot in Downton itself.

To celebrate the launch of A New Era on home entertainment (it is being released on Blu-Ray and a collector’s edition DVD on July 5), The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the lord of the manor himself, Hugh Bonneville, who discussed rumors of Downton Abbey returning to TV and why he thought that the latest film was a “good note
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Locarno Film Festival Goes Green With Environmental Film Fund, WWF-Backed Award

Locarno Film Festival Goes Green With Environmental Film Fund, WWF-Backed Award
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The Locarno Film Festival is going green — literally and figuratively — with a series of programs aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues.

For its 75th edition, which runs Aug. 3-13, Locarno will introduce a new award, the Pardo Verde WWF, presented in collaboration with environmental group the World Wildlife Fund, for the film in competition that best reflects an ecological issue and offers “audiences new and challenging interpretations that inspire change.” The award will be a bright green version of Locarno’s traditional golden leopard award stature.

Locarno will also launch a new Green Film Fund to provide financial support for films that tackle environmental issues. The fund will operate in a manner similar to Locarno’s The Films After Tomorrow program, started in 2020 during the Covid pandemic, which turned Locarno into an actual financial backer of independent film projects. Locarno said it
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Ana-Maria Comănescu’s Road Movie ‘Horia’ Starts Shooting in Romania

Ana-Maria Comănescu’s Road Movie ‘Horia’ Starts Shooting in Romania
Ana-Maria Comănescu’s debut feature “Horia” starts shooting in Romania on Wednesday. The film is a Romanian/Bulgarian/Serbian coproduction, produced by Carla Fotea and Ada Solomon through Romania’s MicroFILM, in coproduction with Rossitsa Valkanova through Bulgaria’s Klas Film, and Nikolina Vučetić-Zečević through Serbia’s Biberche Productions, Film New Europe reports.

The script, written by Comănescu, follows Horia, a cautious teenage boy from a Romanian village, who is badly longing for his crush, who lives on the other side of the country. He resents his only parent, Petrică, a charming mechanic, for constantly pushing him to pursue girls. After a big fight, Horia tries to do something impulsive for a change and flees on his father’s old motorcycle.

His decision tumbles him into a series of encounters, the most significant being with Stela, a 13-year-old street-smart girl who runs away from her family. She becomes a key influence on him,
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Shanghai Disneyland Set to Reopen as Local Covid Wave Subsides

Shanghai Disneyland Set to Reopen as Local Covid Wave Subsides
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The Shanghai Disney Resort is set to reopen on Thursday after suspending operations for more than three months in response to China’s worst Covid-19 outbreak since the early days of the pandemic.

The Walt Disney Co. said the resort will resume ticket sales on Wednesday, and attendance levels will be capped during the first phase of reopening, part of a “careful ramp-up of operations.” Some attractions, such as Marvel Universe and the Explorer Canoes, will initially remain closed. All guests will need to present a negative Pcr test result received within 72 hours to gain entry, Disney added.

The theme park has been shut since March 21, when the resort locked its doors amid a surge of omicron cases in Shanghai, which ultimately resulted in a total lockdown for the city’s 22 million residents. Shanghai officials lifted the stay-at-home order on June 1, and some
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Tomasz Wasilewski’s ‘Fools’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Karlovy Vary Premiere (Exclusive)

Tomasz Wasilewski’s ‘Fools’ Debuts Trailer Ahead of Karlovy Vary Premiere (Exclusive)
Tomasz Wasilewski’s “Fools” (Głupcy) has debuted its trailer ahead of its world premiere at Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Proxima Competition. World sales are being handled by Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales.

Wasilewski won the best script award for “United States of Love” at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016, and the East of West Award at Karlovy Vary in 2013 for “Floating Skyscrapers.”

“Fools” follows Marlena and Tomasz, hidden away from the world in a small seaside town, who have been in a happy relationship for many years. Their intricately woven everyday life slowly begins to unravel when, against Tomasz’s wishes, Marlena allows her sick son to move in with them. As the past comes back to them in full force they will have to redefine their love, choices and life.

Karlovy Vary’s Lenka Tyrpáková commented: “After the triumph of his previous film ‘United States of Love,
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The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central Europe’s Biggest Cinema Party, Returns in Style

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Central Europe’s Biggest Cinema Party, Returns in Style
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In a region of the world — central and eastern Europe — that hasn’t had much to celebrate recently, the news that the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is returning in full force this year (the 56th Kviff runs July 1-9) is truly a reason to party.

“We had a physical event last year but it was still a bit under the cloud of Covid,” says Kviff artistic director Karel Och. “This time around, everyone is really in the mood, you can feel the atmosphere that makes Karlovy Vary so special. It’s going to be as close to [the last pre-pandemic festival] 2019 as possible.”

Karlovy Vary holds a unique position in the festival calendar. Coming after the craziness of Cannes and before the awards-season ramp-up that begins with Venice and Toronto, the Czech fest offers an oasis of calm. Located in the postcard-perfect spa town in western
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Ukrainian Works-in-Progress, Scheduled for Odesa Fest, Premiere in Karlovy Vary

Ukrainian Works-in-Progress, Scheduled for Odesa Fest, Premiere in Karlovy Vary
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In a typical year, fans of Eastern European cinema, after enjoying the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in early July, would hop on a two-hour flight to Odesa, Ukraine for the Odesa International Film Festival, the No. 1 annual event for Ukrainian cinema.

2022, of course, is a far from typical. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 has made the Oiff untenable this year, but festivals across the region are showing cross-border solidarity with Ukraine filmmakers and the country’s stricken local industry. The PriFest in Kosovo (July 26-31) has agreed to cooperate with the Oiff on a series of special screenings of full-length and short films by Ukrainian debutant directors, and Poland’s Warsaw Film Festival will take over the screening of Oiff’s entire competition program at its event, which runs Oct. 14-23.

In Karlovy Vary, meanwhile, the festival is devoting a section
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