No More Streaming-Only Debuts for Oscar Hopefuls | Entertainment News

The Oscars are getting back to normal, eligibility-wise. After two years of pandemic-related adjustments, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Oscar hopefuls will once again have to launch their films in movie theaters. Qualifying films are allowed to premiere “day and date” in movie theaters and on a streaming service, … Read more

Chris Wallace Interview Show to Be Featured on CNN Sundays | Entertainment News

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Wallace will host a Sunday night interview show for CNN starting this fall, the network said Wednesday in announcing a new home for the best-known personality from the since-imploded CNN + streaming service. “Look Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace,” which will also air on … Read more

US Soccer Equalizes Pay in Milestone With Women, Men | Sports News

By ANNE M. PETERSON and RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writers The US Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation on Wednesday announced separate collective bargaining agreements through December 2028 with … Read more

College Football, Australian Open Headline ESPN Schedule | Entertainment News

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Writer Three huge matchups to kick off the college football season, a new Australian Open agreement and two new “30 for 30” documentaries were announced Tuesday by ESPN as part of its presentation to advertisers in New York. ABC has a doubleheader on Sept. 3 to kick off the season. … Read more

Chicago Alt-Weekly Survives Column Clash, Going Nonprofit | Entertainment News

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Reader, the city’s famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner’s column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children. The publication was on track to be sold to the new nonprofit last year until the … Read more

Eurovision Win in Hand, Ukraine Band Releases New War Video | Entertainment News

By NICOLE WINFIELD and PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press TURIN, Italy (AP) – Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, fresh off its Eurovision victory, released a new music video Sunday of its winning hit “Stefania” that features scenes of war-ravaged Ukraine and women in combat gear, as the annual song contest took on ever more political tones. The … Read more

Back to Normal? Cannes Film Festival Prepares to Party | Entertainment News

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back – even kisses were forbidden on the red carpet – the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal. Or … Read more

Prices for NFL tickets are topping pre-Covid levels, says secondary market vendor

Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers shakes hands with Patrick Mahomes (15) of the Chiefs after a regular season game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 29, 2020 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Cliff Welch | Icon Sportswire | Getty Images Tickets for the upcoming NFL … Read more

Mississippi School Board Upholds Firing Over ‘New Butt’ Book | Entertainment News

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi educator who was fired for reading a children’s book called “I Need a New Butt!” to second graders says he will go to court to try to get his job back. Toby Price told the Clarion Ledger he received a 12-page order Monday showing the Hinds County School Board … Read more

Film Producers Defend Safety in Alec Baldwin Shooting | Entertainment News

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, NM (AP) – A film production company is contesting sanctions by New Mexico officials for alleged workplace safety violations on the set of “Rust,” where actor and producer Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer in October, according to filings posted Wednesday by state regulators. Rust Movie Productions is … Read more