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Credit to Author: Associated Press| Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2020 03:49:06 +0000

Awkwafina, Zendaya among diverse set invited to join film academy
John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. If accepted, they will have voting privileges at this year’s Oscars.

(From left) Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Eva Longoria, John David Washington and Zendaya AP PHOTO

The list is a diverse set of people from all sectors of the industry, and those from underrepresented communities.

Invited actorsinclude Florence Pugh, Beanie Feldstein and Constance Wu, and “Parasite,” actors JangHye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun.

Directors Lulu Wang, Ari Aster, and Terence Davies are also on the list. Other notable invitees include Ryan Murphy, Tim McGraw, and Bernie Taupin.


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The revolution comes again with ‘Hamilton’
NEW YORK: Lin-Manuel Miranda wants a larger audience to say that they were able to watch the original cast of rap musical “Hamilton.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” AP PHOTO

“Hamilfilm,” as it’s been nicknamed, will land in homes just days after Broadway announced that its shutdown will continue through the end of 2020 due to the pandemic. Disney and Disney+ will sacrifice whatever the box-office returns might have come for a rush of togetherness.

“That was a big reason we pushed up the release,” says Miranda of the film originally set to open in theaters in 2021. “We need a reminder of how magical live theater is.”


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Despite pandemic, MTV VMAs to take place Aug. 30 in Brooklyn
NEW YORK: The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will still go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 30 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

MTV Video Music Awards AP PHOTO

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a briefing, explaining that “the event will follow all safety guidance, including limited or no audience.”

The announcement comes a day after BET successfully aired its virtual awards show, which featured a number of highly produced pre-taped performances from DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker and more artists.


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Carl Reiner, beloved creator of ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ dies
NEW YORK: Carl Reiner, the ingenious and versatile writer, actor and director who rose as creator of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” has died of natural causes at his home in California. He was 98. He was the father of actor-director Rob Reiner.

Carl Reiner AP PHOTO

Reiner was one of show business’ best-liked men. He directed “Oh, God!”; “All of Me,”; and “Where’s Poppa?” and acted on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” and more.

Van Dyke paid tribute and said he is “kind, gentle, compassionate, empathetic and wise.” George Clooney said he made “every room he walked into funnier, smarter, kinder.”


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