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Outlook not improving for beleaguered US movie theaters

About three quarters of the country's movie theaters are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly. The biggest movies continue to limp along. According to...

 

Netflix's 'Cuties' becomes target of politicized backlash

The backlash to the French independent film "Mignonnes," or "Cuties," started before it had even been released because of a poster that went viral for its provocative depiction of its young female actors. But the spotlight has only intensified since...

 

'The Batman' shoot suspended after positive COVID-19 test

A person working on "The Batman" production has tested positive for COVID-19 and the U.K shoot has been temporarily suspended. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday that the individual is currently isolating in accordance with established...

 

Moana's voice, Auliʻi Cravalho takes the next step

Auliʻi Cravalho's life changed forever at age 14 when she was cast as the voice of Disney's "Moana." The Hawaiian native loved singing and acting, but they were just hobbies to her. So were horseback riding, swimming and microbiology, for that...

 

20 years later, 'Bring It On' still gets the cheers

No one expected "Bring It On" to win its opening weekend. The Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union teen cheerleading comedy was facing off against a $60 million Wesley Snipes action film. But on the weekend of August 25, 2000 the $10 million pic about...

 

Reimagining 'The Secret Garden' for a new generation

Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's classic " The Secret Garden " has been adapted into several films, television series and even a Broadway musical. But it had been 27 years since Mary Lennox had last been committed to film and the time seemed...

 

Disney to release 'Mulan' on streaming service, for a price

"Mulan" is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4. But this is no "Hamilton": Customers will have to...

 

'Jaws,' 'Black Panther' and more coming back to the drive-in

"Jaws," "Black Panther" and "Back to the Future" are just a few of the modern popcorn classics coming to the drive-in this summer. Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX and AT&T on Monday announced the initial lineup for its summer series of films, comedy and...

 

Peter Jackson to make original animated content for Weta

Weta Digital, the Academy Award-winning visual effects company that made "The Lord of the Rings" and "Avatar" possible, is making original animated content for cinemas and streaming for the first time in its 25-year history. The company also said...

 

Academy delays 2021 Oscars ceremony because of coronavirus

For the fourth time in its history, the Oscars are being postponed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than origin...

 

'Spider-Man,' 'Doctor Strange,' 'Thor' shift release dates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood studios are shuffling more release dates as a result of the coronavirus, including sequels to "Doctor Strange," "Spider-Man: Far from Home" and "Into the Spider-Verse." Late Friday, both Sony Pictures and The Walt Disne...

 

TCM is bringing its classic film festival to your home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The folks at Turner Classic Movies had just decided they'd have to cancel their annual classic film festival when their general manager had an idea: What if they could do something else in recognition of the lost weekend? "It...

 

Review: Hanks anchors a lovely Mister Rogers tale for adults

Director Marielle Heller frames “ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ” as if it were an episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” with miniature sets of cars and bridges to illustrate New York and Pittsburgh. Mr. Rogers, played with...

 

War epic 'Midway' bests 'Doctor Sleep' at the box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite a fresh injection of four big movies into the marketplace including a Stephen King adaptation, a World War II epic, a glossy, holiday-themed romantic comedy and a family friendly comedy, audiences largely stayed away from...

 

Wes Studi to make Oscars history for Native American actors

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Cherokee actor Wes Studi was thinking about moving to Los Angeles to take a shot at being an actor in the 1980s, he asked a friend if it was a good idea. The friend said "why not? There aren't many Native American actors."... Full story

 

'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," has died. His family said in a statement that Fonda died Frida...

 

'Game of Thrones' cast talks divisive finale, water bottles

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Game of Thrones" may be over but the cast can't seem to get away from stray coffee cups. Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday...

 

Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is not slowing down and only expanding in scope and diversity. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presenta... Full story

 

'Spider-Man' does victory lap over 'Crawl,' 'Stuber'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy...

 

AP Exclusive: Casey Affleck opens up in the wake of #MeToo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casey Affleck has been mostly absent from the public eye for the past year, but in the wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements and with a new film coming out this fall, he is for the first time addressing lingering questions...

 

Polanski's film academy expulsion, 40-years in the making

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Until Thursday, Roman Polanski had been a film academy member for over 40 years since pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977. In his 40 years as a fugitive the "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby" filmmaker had been...

 

Film Academy expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that bestows the Academy Awards said Thursday that it has expelled two prominent members convicted of sexual offenses, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, from its membership. It's the first major decision since the A...

 

Affleck, Damon's production company to adopt inclusion rider

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prominent producers and celebrities like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Paul Feig are jumping on the inclusion rider bandwagon following Frances McDormand's best actress Oscar acceptance speech. Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni said late...

 

Oscar-winning filmmaker Haggis accused of rape, sex assault

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A civil lawsuit charging Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis with raping a publicist has prompted three additional women to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations, including another publicist who says he forced...

 

One of the best films at Sundance is a VR experience

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival is all about the shared experience of the theater, so imagine the surprise of realizing that one of the most moving films at this year's fest most moving films is something that can only be seen...

 

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