Netflix creates $100 million fund for production crews hit by COVID-19 shutdowns

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Netflix is making some big changes to help lessen the impact of COVID-19 on networks.
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Netflix is stepping up to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by creating a $100 million fund that will go to support production and other workers in the industry.

The moves comes after production on nearly all major TV shows and movies has come to a grinding halt as more states and cities in act stay-at-home mandates.

Production halts on all currently filming Apple TV+ shows

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Hollywood and Apple TV+ shows join the fray in shutting down operations temporarily in wake of the coronavirus.
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Apple has suspended all filming of Apple TV+ projects currently in production, according to a published report Friday.

The shows include the science fiction series For All Mankind, the Stephen King miniseries Lisey’s Story, the science fiction drama See, the TV drama The Morning Show, the psychological horror television series Servant, and the Isaac Asimov sci-fi series Foundation.

Apple TV+ popularity might surprise you

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“Truth Be Told” on Apple TV+ was the fourth most popular streaming show to debut last quarter.
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Apple TV+ shows are drawing plenty of attention, according to a market-analysis firm. Six of the ten most popular streaming series premiering last quarter were reportedly made by Apple.

How Apple’s going to make MacBook Pro even MORE Pro, this week on The CultCast

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Apple's about to make your MacBook Pro even Pro-er...
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This week on The CultCast: Apple is working on a way to make your existing MacBook Pro far more powerful — we’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: Get your wallet ready … the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro you’ve been waiting for is (probably) right around the corner. And we’ll tell you why Apple might soon be forced to ditch Lightning in iPhones and iPads.

And stick around for our spoiler-free review of the full first season of See!

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The Morning Show nabs 3 SAG Awards nominations

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Hot on the heels of scoring multiple Golden Globes nominations, The Morning Show earned three nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Jennifer Aniston added to her nomination pile with a nomination for best female actor in a drama series. And Steve Carell and Billy Crudup both earned nominations for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series.

First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+

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First 3 episodes of crime drama Truth Be Told debut on Apple TV+
Will new Apple TV+ series live up to the promise of its cast?
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The first three episodes of Apple Original crime drama Truth Be Told debuted on Apple TV+ on Friday.

The series stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water, The Help) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). The shows is about a true crime podcaster, called to investigate the case of convicted killer who claims he was framed for murder.