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Second Omicron Case in U

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Public health officials have confirmed what appears to be the second case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the U.S. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Minnesota health officials confirmed that a male resident of the state, who is fully vaccinated, had mild symptoms due to the Omicron variant, and…

Andrew Garfield to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Honor for

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Andrew Garfield will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Desert Palm achievement award, actor for his performance in Netflix’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” from director Lin-Manuel Miranda. “From his numerous film roles and theatrical performances, Andrew Garfield is an outstanding actor, who puts his heart and soul into bringing the character he’s portraying to…

Netflix Announces ‘Death to 2021,’ Releases Teaser (TV News Roundup)

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Netflix announced the comedy event “Death to 2021” will premiere Dec. 27. The special tells the story of yet another dreadful year through a documentary style, mixing archival footage gathered over the year with commentary from fictitious characters played by Hugh Grant, Lucy Liu, Tracey Ullman, Samson Kayo, Joe Keery, William Jackson Harper, Stockard Channing,…

Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Not A Bride’ Child Marriage Series

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VIS Social Impact, Pedro Almodóvar’s production company El Deseo, and Spanish production company Mogambo (“1917”) are co-producing documentary series “Not a Bride.” The four-part series will be executive produced and narrated by Spanish actor Penélope Cruz and written and directed by Dario Troiani (“Violet”). It will stream on ViacomCBS’ premium streaming service, Paramount Plus internationally.…

Disney’s Leonardo Aranguibel Talks Star Plus, Post-Pandemic OTT Predictions

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Leonardo Aranguibel, VP of productions & development for The Walt Disney Company LatAm, joined moderator Nicolás Smirnoff, director of Prensario International, on Tuesday afternoon to discuss OTT platforms, Disney’s Star Plus, and the predicted future of original Latin American content. The conversation formed part of Ventana Sur’s virtual industry panel series. OTT services, like Disney…

Olivia Rodrigo, Bad Bunny Top Spotify’s 2021 Year-End Charts

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Spotify has unveiled its annual 2021 Wrapped campaign — where users can see the music they listened to the most all year — and with that comes the top artists, albums, songs, playlists and podcasts on the world’s largest streaming service, with more than 381 million total users. The full charts are below, but first,…

Trevor Noah Returns to Host the 2022 Grammy Awards

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After hosting the 2021 ceremony, comedian and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is back to host the 2022 Grammy Awards. Noah made the announcement on CBS Wednesday morning with Gayle King. “It was fun, it was really, really fun. It was a great team. I was just lucky to be a part of it. We…

‘Belfast’ Cast and Director to Receive Vanguard Award at Palm

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Focus Features’ “Belfast” will receive the Vanguard Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards. A group honor that recognizes a film’s cast and director for their collective work, the recipients will include Kenneth Branagh, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill, who are all expected to attend the ceremony. “Despite the violence…

Amazon Prime Video to Bow Juanpa Zurita Docu ’13:14,’ Produced

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Amazon Prime Video is bowing a new Amazon Original feature-length documentary, “13:14,” produced by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell’s 3Pas Studios. The doc, starring content creator and actor Juanpa Zurita, will debut exclusively on APV next year where it will be available in 240 countries and territories worldwide. “13:14” follows Zurita’s journey as he leads…

Second-Guessing Inspiration Has No Place in Music Making (Guest Column)

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When Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams prophetically titled their song “Blurred Lines,” no one could have predicted, sampled or interpolated the tidal wave of internet-hatched accusations of theft directed at industry hitmakers, or the onslaught of frivolous and dubious claims that this deeply flawed verdict would bring to light. Relying heavily on emotional testimony and…