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Regal to Resume Theatre Operations Beginning Friday, August 21

In response to the recent changes in the upcoming theatrical release schedule, Cineworld, parent company of Regal, today announced that its theatres will begin to reopen U.S. locations on Friday, August 21.

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, opening in the U.S. on Thursday, September 3, will headline new films coming to the theatres like Unhinged, Greenland and Broken Hearts Gallery, along with the strong slate of highly-anticipated films scheduled to release throughout the remainder of 2020, including Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow, No Time to Die, Soul, The King’s Man and many more.

“Welcoming theatergoers back to our cinemas will be a celebration for not only our team and our industry, but most importantly for the fans who have been anxiously awaiting the year’s upcoming releases,” said Mooky Greidinger, CEO of Cineworld. “With the health and safety of our staff, customers and communities as our top priority, we are happy to invite audiences to return to the timeless theatrical experience that we have all dearly missed.”

Regal theatres will enforce the previously announced health and safety measures that adhere to the latest CDC and public health guidelines, including innovative sanitization procedures, new social distancing protocols, and mandatory mask policies for Regal employees and guests.


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TV Host Regis Philbin Dead at 88 [updated audio]

It has been reported that iconic TV host, Regis Philbin has passed away after a long battle with heart disease. The beloved star was 88.

In a statement shared with PEOPLE, the Philbin family shared the news: “We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthda… His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about,”

In 1988, Philbin began his run as host of Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. After 15 years, Gifford left the ABC show but the pair remained close after her departure.

Philbin underwent an angioplasty in 1993, followed by triple bypass surgery due to plaque in his arteries in March 2007. In December 2009, the television personality had his hip replaced.

“We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss,” the Philbin family says.

Regis is survived by daughters J.J. and Joanna, whom he shared with his wife of 50 years, Joy Philbin. He was also father to daughter Amy, whom he shared with his first wife Catherine Faylen. Philbin and Faylen had another child, son Daniel, who passed away in 2014.


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Nominations Announced for the 7th Annual LMGI Awards

Nominees for the 7th Annual Location Managers Guild International Awards were announced today by LMGI President Mike Fantasia. The awards honor the outstanding and creative visual contributions by location professionals in film, television and commercials from around the globe. The LMGI Awards also recognize outstanding service by film commissions for their support “above and beyond” during the production process. Winners will be revealed during a virtual awards gala which celebrates the theme “2020 Vision: We See It First,” on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 2:00 PM PST.

This year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 7th Annual LMGI Awards breaks with tradition and will be presented on a digital platform, streaming to a worldwide and more inclusive audience. Isaiah Mustafa will host; honorees and additional presenters will be announced in the near future.

THE NOMINEES FOR THE 7th ANNUAL LMGI AWARDS ARE:

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A PERIOD FEATURE FILM
1917 – DreamWorks Pictures
Dolemite is My Name – Netflix
A Hidden Life – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jojo Rabbit – Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Women – SONY Pictures
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Columbia Pictures

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM
6 Underground – Bay Films, Skydance Media, Netflix
Da 5 Bloods – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Rahway Road Productions, Netflix
Extraction – Netflix
The Last Black Man in San Francisco – A24
Peanut Butter Falcon – Armory Films, Roadside Attractions

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A PERIOD TELEVISION SERIES
Babylon Berlin – X Filme Creative Pool, Netflix
The Crown: Season 3 – Netflix
Perry Mason – HBO
See: Season 1 – Apple TV+
Westworld: Season 3 – HBO
Wu-Tang: An American Saga – Hulu

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Giri/Haji – Netflix
Goliath: Season 3 – Amazon Prime Video
Killing Eve: Season 3 – BBC America, Hulu
Messiah – Netflix
Treadstone – Captivate Entertainment, USA Network
White Lines – Netflix

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A LIMITED ANTHOLOGY TELEVISION
Belgravia – Epix
Catherine the Great – HBO
Little America – Apple TV+
The Plot Against America – HBO
The Spy – Netflix
ZeroZeroZero – Amazon Prime Video

OUTSTANDING LOCATIONS IN A COMMERCIAL
Ford: Human Power – Link – Primo
Georgetown Optician: Eyes Say More Than Words – Link – Design Army
Gucci: Of Course A Horse – Link – GE-Projects
Mask of the Zodiac – Link – Stink Shanghai
Renault Clio: The French Exchange – Link – Academy Films
Sprite “You Are Not Alone” – Link – Primo

OUTSTANDING FILM COMMISSION
Abu Dhabi Film Commission
Berlin Brandenberg Film Commission
The Municipality of Port Hope Marketing & Tourism Office, Port Hope, Ontario
New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission
Toscana Film Commission

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement, Humanitarian, Trail Blazer and the Eva Monley Awards which recognize and honors industry members who support the work of location professionals, will be announced in the near future.


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Alex Trebek’s Joutney Through Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is grateful to Alex Trebek for his continued openness about his treatment journey with pancreatic cancer. He has raised tremendous awareness about the disease and the need for better outcomes.

Trebek announced in various news interviews that he is still undergoing treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and we hope that he continues to do well.

Every pancreatic cancer patient’s case is unique, and it’s not possible to predict each person’s outcome. But, population-wide studies are done to estimate the likelihood that a person diagnosed with different types of cancer, like pancreatic cancer, will survive five years.

This year, the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer hit 10% – the first time ever this statistic has been reported in the double digits. While this is good news, pancreatic cancer still has the lowest survival rate of all major cancers and remains the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S.

Trebek mentioned that he is being treated with experimental immunotherapy.

From what we know about the experimental treatment that he is getting, it is a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and an experimental immunotherapy approach.

Immunotherapy works by harnessing the patient’s own immune system to recognize, attack and kill their cancer cells. Typically, immunotherapy approaches require activating the immune system and suppressing efforts by the cancer cells to hide from the immune system.

To date, immunotherapy has not shown success by itself for most pancreatic cancer patients. A small subset of pancreatic cancer patients responds to a checkpoint inhibitor approach, depending on their tumor’s biology.

Therefore, many immunotherapy drugs are being tested in combination with other treatment options, like chemotherapy, to improve their effectiveness in patients with pancreatic cancer.


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Actor Matt Shevin is Recreating Iconic Movie Scenes with His Pit Bull

Actor Matt Shevin, whose credits include starring in the 2020 Lifetime TV movie Her Secret Family Killer and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” has had one of the busier COVID-19 quarantines.

Co-starring opposite his 96-lb., eight-year-old Pit Bull named Ricky, Matt has currently shot 68 videos from their Los Angeles home, recreating iconic movie scenes from films including The Hunger Games and The Hangover. The videos are becoming a viral sensation.

Shevin, who has also appeared in dozens of TV commercials, began in March with a scene from Casino. He calls this endeavor “Inside the Actor’s Quarantined Apartment,” and gives major credit to Ricky for the project’s success. “He’s proof that you actually can teach an old dog new tricks. I’ve got him wearing wardrobe and wigs, and he’s reacting on camera in ways that amaze me. I’ve become a Hollywood dad.”

The dog’s effort does not go uncompensated. “The second I yell ‘cut,’ Ricky heads right to the kitchen for a treat,” says Shevin. “He knows his worth.”


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