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  • Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF February 16, 2019
    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is […]
    John Hopewell
  • Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77 February 16, 2019
    Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for dramatizing Adolf Hitler’s final days in 2004’s “Downfall,” has died. He was 77. Ganz died at his home in Zurich on Friday, his representatives told media outlets. The cause of death was reportedly colon cancer. In addition to delivering one of the definitive cinematic portrayals of Hitler, […]
    Henry Chu
  • Alibaba Buys 8% Stake in Chinese Video Platform Bilibili February 16, 2019
    Alibaba has purchased an 8% stake in the Chinese online video platform Bilibili, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Bilibili is one of China’s top video streaming and entertainment platforms, with about 92 million monthly active users and 450 million page-views per day. Founded in 2009, it was listed on the NASDAQ last March. Alibaba’s […]
    Rebecca Davis
  • Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’ February 16, 2019
    Stephen K. Bannon drinks Kombucha (who knew?), the fermented tea beverage for health fanatics that tastes like…well, if they ever invented a soft drink called Germs, that’s what Kombucha tastes like. In “The Brink,” Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall, rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-a-white-nationalist documentary, Bannon explains that he likes Kombucha because it g […]
    Owen Gleiberman
  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78 February 16, 2019
    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the […]
    Cynthia Littleton
  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91 February 16, 2019
    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished […]
    Dave McNary
  • Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges February 16, 2019
    After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects. “Due to new evidence as a […]
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  • Cinematographers Praise Academy Reversal: ‘We Thank You for Your Show of Respect’ February 16, 2019
    Cinematographers who fought the decision to curtail four Oscar presentations have praised the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for reversing the exclusions. “We thank you for your show of respect for the hard-working members of the film community, whose dedication and exceptional talents deserve the public recognition this reversal now allows them […]
    Dave McNary
  • ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ Colored Outside the Lines February 16, 2019
    The well-worn superhero genre and one of its best-known icons are unlikely vehicles for creating a visually fresh animated feature. But Sony Pictures Animation’s work on the Oscar-nominated animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” shows throwing out the rule book and letting everyone play in the creative sandbox can pay off big. “I think we […] […]
    Shalini Dore
  • Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Gets November 2020 Release Date February 16, 2019
    Warner Bros. has scheduled Legendary’s science-fiction tentpole “Dune” for a Nov. 20, 2020, release in 3D and Imax. “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa is in negotiations to join the “Dune” reboot with Timothee Chalamet, Javier Bardem, Rebecca Ferguson, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Oscar Isaac, and Zendaya. Production is expected to launch in the sp […]
    Dave McNary

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  • Trump waxes lyrical over coming legal battle
    President Trump launched into a lengthy explanation of the legal challenges he expects over his national emergency order to fund his border wall. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Reporter to Trump: "What do you base your facts on?"
    President Trump spars with a reporter who presses him on his immigration facts after Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Trump declares national emergency over border wall
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, a move that Democrats vowed to challenge as an unconstitutional attempt to fund his proposed border wall without approval from Congress. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Trump's first GOP presidential challenger emerges
    Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of Massachusetts, says he will challenge U.S. President Donald Trump for the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2020. Linda So reports.
  • Trump to sign border bill, declare emergency
    President Donald Trump will sign a border security bill to avert another government shutdown, but also declare a national emergency to try to obtain funds for his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, a White House spokeswoman said on Thursday. Nathan Frandino has more.
  • Ocasio-Cortez celebrates Amazon's NYC pullout
    U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cheered the decision by Amazon.com Inc to scrap its plans to build an outpost in New York that could have created 25,000 jobs. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Pelosi to review 'options' on expected nat'l emergency
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she might file a legal challenge if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to secure funds to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, as the White House has said he would. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • McCabe says he ordered investigation into Trump
    In an interview on '60 Minutes,' former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe said he began an obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigation involving U.S. President Donald Trump and his ties to Russia shortly after Trump fired bureau Director James Comey in May 2017. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Itta Bena: the U.S. recovery's forgotten town
    Rural areas of the U.S., especially in the South, are lagging far behind more developed parts of the country, despite the nearly decade-long economic recovery. It’s a problem Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell hopes to tackle on his watch.
  • Notable no-shows at U.S.-hosted Mid East summit
    Who's attending the U.S.-hosted summit on the Middle East in Poland? The question, more to the point, may be who isn't.
  • U.S. judge rules Manafort broke plea deal
    A U.S. federal judge says President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort lied to prosecutors, and so breached his plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office.
  • Sparks fly as Omar takes on U.S. Venezuela envoy
    Newly-elected Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, during a hearing on Venezuela on Wednesday, said she "failed to understand" why the American people should believe Special Envoy Elliott Abrams' statements on Venezuela, given his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s. In the testy exchange, Abrams responded saying, "I am not going to respond to that kind of personal attack." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Border security deal "win" for Americans: Pelosi
    Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday the bipartisan border security deal is a compromise and a win for the American people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Schumer to Trump: Sign this agreement
    Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urges President Trump to sign a bipartisan border security deal that would avert another partial government shutdown. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Trump awaits funding bill, will look for 'land mines'
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will look for "land mines" in a government funding bill aimed at border security, but added that he does not want to close the government for the second time this winter. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
  • Biden pays tribute to John Dingell
    Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in his eulogy to the late congressman John Dingell in Dearborn, Michigan on Tuesday that even if he had "five days" to speak, it wouldn't be enough to "do justice" to Dingell. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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