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Dee Rees' American odyssey 'Mudbound' captivates Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Director Dee Rees wanted to get to the big questions in her enthralling period epic "Mudbound." Specifically: What is it to be a citizen and what is it to fight for a country that doesn't fight for you? The film, which premiered Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival, had audiences raving and some already speculating about Oscar chances....

No more nerds, sex bombs: Female animators draw away clichés
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- The California Institute of the Arts was created partly by Walt Disney's desire to bring more top-flight animators into the profession. And it has during its 47 years, though for a long time almost all were men....

Villains and vixens dominate cartoon roles for women
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- More women are entering the field of animation, and one of their goals is to create more realistic female characters - not just the stereotypical nerds, sex bombs and villains that dominate now....

Shyamalan's 'Split' rules inauguration weekend with $40.2M
NEW YORK (AP) -- M. Night Shyamalan's psychological thriller "Split" blew away box-office expectations, earning $40.2 million in ticket sales over inauguration weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday....

Neon piece of rock 'n' roll history going up for auction
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) -- A bright neon piece of rock 'n' roll history is going up for auction - a marquee from the legendary Los Angeles club, Whisky a Go Go....

Male, female styles merge to cap Paris menswear
PARIS (AP) -- Male and female styles fused at Paris Fashion Week on Sunday for the final installment of fall-winter menswear shows as the fashion media prepare to notch up a gear for star-filled couture. Here are the highlights:...

Alec Baldwin's Trump wasn't on 'SNL,' but mock-Putin was
NEW YORK (AP) -- Maybe Alec Baldwin was busy. Maybe "Saturday Night Live" figured viewers had seen plenty of President Donald Trump for real this inauguration weekend....

A-list celebs out in force for anti-Trump women's marches
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you wondered where many of Hollywood's A-list celebrities had gone during President Donald Trump's inauguration, you didn't have to wonder any longer on Saturday, when scores of them showed up at huge women's marches in Washington and other cities to send the new president a pointed message that he was in for a fight - and that, as so many signs said, women's rights are human rights....

Nielsen: 31 million viewers saw Trump's swearing-in
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nielsen estimates 31 million viewers watched TV coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday....

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