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    Keep the Change,' a romance about a couple who meet at a community for people on the autistic spectrum, and 'Bobbi Jene,' a documentary about an American dancer in the Israeli dance company Batsheva, were the top winners at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival. In the awards, announced in a ceremony Thursday night, Rachel Israel's debut feature, 'Keep the Change,' won the Founders Award for best narrative feature. The jury called it 'a heartwarming, hilarious and consistently surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy, which opens a door to a world of vibrant characters not commonly seen on film.' Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal happily noted that all five feature film awards went to movies directed by women. The festival also gives an award, named after Nora Ephron, to a female director. That prize went to Petra Volpe, writer-director of 'The Divine Order,' a drama about women's suffrage in Switzerland. 'Bobbi Jene,' which follows the dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she moved back the U.S., took the best documentary award and honors for its cinematography and editing. The jury praised director Elvira Lind's film for 'pushing nonfiction intimacy to bold new places.' Best international feature went to Elina Psykou's Greek drama 'Son of Sofia.' The director of the best narrative short, Kaveh Mazaheri, for 'Retouch,' said he was unable to attend the festival because of Republican President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban. Mazaheri, an Iranian filmmaker, said in a video message that he and his crew were unable to get visas for Tribeca. He said his absence was 'a pity' due to Trump's 'fascinating decisions.' Courts have halted Trump's bid to stop immigration from six predominantly Muslim counties: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Trump has appealed the courts' rulings, saying he's trying to keep the United States safe.
  • A new Heineken ad aimed at proving people worlds apart can still come together despite their opposing views on social issues such as transgender rights, feminism and climate change has people calling it the “anti-Pepsi approach.”  >> Read more trending news The ad brings together six complete strangers and pairs them off, each unaware of their partners’ opposing views on a range of social issues. In the commercial, each pair is instructed to build a bar together while talking to each other about themselves. >> Related: Flat Pepsi: Tone-deaf commercial pulled after protests Once the bar is completed, Heineken reveals videos of each individual voicing their ideological beliefs on issues of feminism, transgender rights and climate change. Then, they’re all given a choice: to leave or stay and discuss their differences over — you guessed it — a beer.  All three pairs end up staying and talking through their differences — a climate change denier and believer; a transgender former soldier and transphobic man; a feminist and member of “the new right.” >> Related: Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad as Martin Luther King’s daughter, others criticize ad The ad has received quite a lot of praise online, especially after Pepsi’s infamous gaffe with Kendall Jenner.  But critics also questioned how easily people can really change their staunch views on such hot-button issues, some calling the ad unrealistic.
  • A founding member of Jefferson Starship filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop some of his former bandmates from using the band's name for upcoming performances and merchandise. Guitarist Craig Chaquico is asking a judge to prevent a new iteration of Jefferson Starship from using the name in the federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. He claims the group has been using the Jefferson Starship name without permission, and has used his image to promote shows through early 2018. The lawsuit said the band's members agreed to retire the Jefferson Starship name in 1985 after founding member Paul Kantner left the group. Chaquico allowed Kantner to use the Jefferson Starship name for several years, but that right ended when Kantner died in 2016, the lawsuit said. Jim Lenz, to a representative for the new iteration of Jefferson Starship, did not immediately respond to an emailed message seeking comment. The band has gone through numerous iterations, starting out as Jefferson Airplane, which featured Grace Slick singing huge hits such as 'White Rabbit' and 'Somebody to Love' and famed guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. Chaquico, who was discovered by Kantner, performed with Jefferson Airplane a few times before it disbanded in 1972. Several of the band's members formed Jefferson Starship in 1974, but it broke up a decade later. Chaquico and other members then formed a new group, Starship, which recorded the hit 'We Built This City.' 'This case is about tarnishing the legacy of the original Jefferson Starship band,' Chaquico said in a statement. 'We retired the name in 1985 and we agreed that nobody would use the name again. For this band line-up to tour and call itself Jefferson Starship is woefully misleading to the public and confuses longtime fans.
  • Former Disney film actor and Army Special Forces member Michael Mantenuto was found dead Monday, according to TMZ. Mantenuto, 35, was found dead in a car in Des Moines, Washington, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to TMZ. >> Read more trending news A former University of Maine hockey player who landed a key role in the Disney biopic, “Miracle,” about the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team, Mantenuto appeared in two other films, “Dirtbags” in 2006 and “Surfer, Dude” in 2008. He later enlisted in the Army. Col. Guillaume Beaurpere, the commander of Mantenuto’s Special Forces unit, confirmed his death on Facebook.
  • Caitlyn Jenner claims she hasn’t spoken to her stepdaughter Khloé Kardashian in nearly two years. >> Read more trending news The former Olympian opened up to Andy Cohen on his “Radio Andy” show on SiriusXM. “She doesn’t want to talk to me,” Jenner said. “She hasn’t talked to me in, like, two years.” She continued, “That’s sad. I was very, very close to Khloé. I mean, I had 23 years of raising her. I met Khloé. when she was 5 years old.” Cohen then asked if Jenner was hurt by Kardashian’s actions and she replied, “Of course it hurts. Cause she was on ‘Howard Stern’ and called me a liar. And that kind of pissed me off too, cause I never lied to her, you know, if I didn’t tell her everything. First of all, she never asked.” >> RELATED: Nick Cannon dished on his ex-wife Mariah Carey’s most “diva” moment, and it is totally over the top Caitlyn Jenner has been feeling some backlash surrounding the release of her new memoir, “The Secrets of My Life” and said she stands by her work, even though her ex-wife Kris Jenner told her she “never wanted to talk to [Jenner] again.” “My book is honest, and it’s my story, and I’m sorry she feels that way,” Caitlyn Jenner said. “And I just don’t want her to alienate me from my children.” As for what she thinks will happen next, Caitlyn Jenner said she’s unsure what the future holds. “I don’t know, we’ll see how that goes off in the future,” she said. (H/T US Weekly)
  • Joely Fisher, the actress and half-sister of Carrie Fisher, has her own show business stories. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, told The Associated Press on Thursday that it had acquired her memoir, 'Growing Up Fisher,' and would release it Nov. 14. The publisher is promising 'incredible, candid stories' about everyone from Frank Sinatra to Ellen DeGeneres, on whose sitcom 'Ellen' she played Paige Clark. Her other credits include the TV shows ''Til Death' and 'Wild Card.' Fisher, 49, also will write of having Eddie Fisher and Connie Stevens as her parents and how the death of Carrie Fisher, daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, inspired her to write. In a statement Thursday, she described her life as an 'uproarious journey' and herself as 'desperately flawed but funny.
  • The director of the new tech drama “The Circle,” starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, remembered actor Bill Paxton at the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday. >> Read more trending news Paxton, who played Watson’s father, had a small role in the movie, his last before his death at 61 after heart surgery in February.  Director James Ponsoldt called the late actor “endlessly generous,” Variety reported. “Bill was amazing,” Ponsoldt said. “He was one of my favorite actors for the longest time, going back to when I was a kid.”  >> Related: Actor Bill Paxton of ‘Aliens,’ ‘Titanic’ fame dead at 61 Ponsoldt said he had been looking forward to making more films with Paxton, who had also directed several movies during his career. “I was excited to make more films with him. I was excited for him to make more films as an actor and a director.” “The Circle” opens in theaters on Friday.
  • The Weinstein Co.'s transgender drama '3 Generations' has been reclassified with a PG-13 rating after the distributor made slight tweaks to the movie. The Weinstein Co. said Thursday that it made 'some edits to the film as a compromise' after the Motion Picture Association of America gave '3 Generations' an R-rating. Harvey Weinstein criticized that decision. The Weinstein Co. co-chairman has frequently battled with the MPAA over ratings, often with the benefit of generating inexpensive publicity. '3 Generations' stars Elle Fanning as a teenager who is transitioning. Susan Sarandon plays the youth's lesbian grandmother, and Naomi Watts co-stars as the mother. The LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, which participated in the making of the film, applauded the ratings change. It called the movie 'a film that all families should be able to see.
  • Roman Polanski's latest film is heading to the Cannes Film Festival. The French festival announced a few additions to its lineup on Thursday. Polanksi's 'Based on a True Story' will play out of competition. The French-language thriller, which Sony Pictures Classics has already acquired for North American distribution, stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author who meets a mysterious woman, played by Eva Green, at a book signing. The film is Polanski's first feature since 2013's 'Venus in Fur.' A Los Angeles judge recently rejected Polanski's bid to end his long-running underage sex abuse case without the fugitive director appearing in court or being sentenced to more prison time. Polanski had been set to preside over France's Cesar Awards in February, but withdrew after the protests of feminist groups. Festival organizers also announced the addition of 'The Square' by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund ('Force Majeure') to the Cannes competition.
  • Two-time Tony Award winner James Earl Jones will soon get a third — for lifetime achievement. The Tony Awards Administration Committee said Thursday that Jones will receive the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre on June 11 at the Tony Awards. Jones, the voice of Darth Vader and Mufasa from Disney's 'The Lion King,' has won Tonys for 'The Great White Hope' and 'Fences.' His Broadway credits also include 'On Golden Pond,' ''Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,' ''Driving Miss Daisy,' ''The Best Man' and 'The Gin Game.

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  • As if traffic on I-4 near the attractions isn't enough on it's own, a depression opened up in the median near World Drive Thursday, causing additional slow downs.   As emergency personnel arrived to investigated the incident, drivers slowed down to get a better look as well.   The depression, which is about 15 feet wide and 10 feet deep, was reported just before 5 p.m. rush.   The Florida Department of Transportation was evaluating the situation and had not released any information on what would be done to mitigate the depression.   No other details were immediately released.
  • Prosecutors are building a money trail of deposits, withdrawals, and lavish spending allegedly benefiting former Congresswoman Corrine Brown, through the testimony of an FBI Special Agent. But Brown’s defense says, at no time, did she have control of the account in question. Deputy Chief of the Department of Justice Public Integrity Section Criminal Division Eric Olshan’s questioning of FBI Special Agent Vanessa Stelly has spanned two days of Brown’s federal fraud trial. Stelly was assigned to this investigation as part of her work in the white collar crime division. She told the court she had worked through bank and business records for Brown, as well as the alleged sham charity One Door For Education, which Brown and a few others are accused of funneling money through. Stelly confirmed that at no time was One Door registered in either Virginia- where it was incorporated as a business- or Florida to solicit charitable donations as a 501(c)(3) organization. One Door’s President, Carla Wiley, opened a bank account for the organization in 2011, but it closed about a year later because of a negative balance. Wiley opened another account with a $250 initial deposit, and there was no activity until August 2012, when Stelly says there was a $25,000 check deposited by a Political Action Committee based in Virginia. That PAC is backed by a lobbying firm where Brown’s daughter, Shantrel Brown, works. Corrine and Shantrel Brown share a home in Virginia. One of the points that prosecutors are trying to hammer in is that there was a habit of using One Door donations for the personal expenses of Brown and a few others. To do that, Olshan first walked Stelly through repeated instances where bank records show hundreds of dollars at a time being taken from the One Door account at an ATM near the home of Brown’s Chief of Staff Ronnie Simmons, with a like sum soon after deposited in one of Brown’s accounts- also in Laurel, Maryland, where Simmons lived. Prosecutors further showed surveillance of Simmons making at least one withdrawal and deposit. Prosecutors alleged Simmons would sometimes withdraw the cash and give it directly to Brown, and there was a surveillance photo of Brown herself making one deposit. Another focus is a trip by Brown and her daughter to the Bahamas, and later Los Angeles. A July 2013 check for $3,000 from the One Door account made out to a specific Bank of America bank account said in the memo line that it was for children’s summer camps. Stelly says bank records show $3,000 being deposited around the same time in to Shantrel Brown’s bank account, and $1,000 being transferred from Shantrel Brown’s account to that of her mother. At the same time, Stelly says bank records show several cash withdrawals from One Door’s account in Simmons’ city of residence amounting to $3,000, the same sum which was then deposited in to Brown’s account as well. This all happened as Brown and her daughter first spent time at a resort in the Bahamas and then traveled to the Los Angeles-area, where they did a significant amount of shopping, according to Stelly’s analysis. When Stelly’s testimony resumed Thursday, the focus turned to more than $330,000 in One Door funds that the US Attorney’s Office says funded events hosted by Brown or in Brown’s honor which didn’t actually result in any kind of scholarship fundraising. There were several events Stelly says were represented as being paid for by another group, like Friends of Corrine Brown, but actually had at least some One Door dollars. Still other events were almost entirely funded by One Door, but raised no scholarship dollars. Brown’s attorney, James Smith III, led questioning where Stelly admitted that at no time did One Door apparently solicit donations claiming it would only be for scholarships. He added that some of those events, including an annual reception held in DC, could provide for good networking opportunities with lawmakers and other important parties. Additionally, Stelly confirmed that Brown herself did not have control over the One Door accounts and was not ever formally affiliated with the organization. This is a developing story that will be updated as testimony continued in to the afternoon. WOKV is inside of the federal courtroom and will bring you new information as it comes in.
  • A pair of protective hawks has residents in one central Florida neighborhood ducking and running for cover this week. The birds are attacking people who get too near their nests in Oviedo in suburban Orlando, local news outlets reported. >> Read more trending news It hits me on the side of the head, not just hit, but grabbed, knocked me to the ground. I had to kind of shake my head loose,' resident Beverly Bonadonna told WPLG-TV.  'At that point, I started screaming for my husband ... then it flew away, it finally let go. >> Related: Man allegedly stuffed puppies into pillow cases, left them in drain Bonadonna had to go to the hospital for treatment of puncture wounds and a tetanus shot, but she said more than anything she was terrified during the attack. 'I have never been attacked by one; never even considered that I could be. I have never, I mean, they swoop real low over our head but never considered it was really a possibility,' she told WPLG. Bonadonna isn’t the only victim. Another resident in the same neighborhood, Don Cochran, has a hawk nest in tree next to his house and has been attacked twice. 'He scratched me right in the back of the head, but if you weren't thinking about him, he could have knocked you down because he weighs about 5, 6 pounds,' Cochran said.' >> Related: Florida Fish and Wildlife searches for monkey on the loose Cochran says he now uses an umbrella to go to the mailbox and hasn’t been attacked since. Hawks and their nests are protected under Florida law and can’t be moved or harmed.  Sarah Elsesser contributed to this story.
  • A wildfire has grown to 250 acres this afternoon in Volusia County, crossing State Road 44 after the wind shifted. Called the Damascus Fire, it forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close a section of the road between DeLand and Samsula, so fire plows could safely work in the area. Julie Allen with the Florida Forest Service said 14 tractor plows are trying to keep the flames from spreading further, with assistance from local fire departments. Federal personnel are also on the scene. “We had a sudden wind shift in the midst of the battle, and it caused a little bit of an issue with spotting over,” she explained. Cause of the fire is not known, but gusty winds help it to spread in the mostly rural area.
  • Its not clear why he went up there, but a naked man spent hours on a 140-foot utility tower in New Orleans East. Firefighters were able to raise a ladder and rescue him about 3 p.m. He was seen being placed in ambulance. Power was cut off to prevent him being electrocuted during the rescue.  The tower is near a Luzianne plant, but on Entergy property.