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Review: In 'The Old Guard,' the comic movie gets an overhaul

Jul. 8, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

For all the painful absences of this summer, it has been a season blessedly bereft of superheroes. No, they’re not all bad. And there is much of the normal rhythms of the movies’ main-event months to be nostalgic for. But one thing I haven’t missed is the unending business of franchises...

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With a satirical fictional memoir, Jim Carrey gets real

Jul. 8, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon handed in the book they had toiled on for eight years — a satirical “anti-memoir” about Carrey’s life but with increasingly extreme flights of absurdity — to Sonny Mehta, the late Knopf publisher said he would put it out as...

This image released by Papercutz shows the cover image for “The Chieftain's Daughter,” the latest in the Asterix collection. Papercutz, which specializes in graphic novels for all ages, is republishing “Asterix” collections this summer with a new English translations — one specifically geared to American readers. Created by comic-strip artist Alberto Uderzo and writer Rene Goscinny in 1959, “Asterix” books have been translated into 111 languages, sold some 380 million albums worldwide and spawned multiple films. (Papercutz via AP)

Comic hero 'Asterix' plans friendly assault on the New World

Jul. 8, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have long adored things from France, like its bread, cheese and wine. But they've been stubbornly resistant to one of France's biggest imports: “Asterix.” The bite-sized, brawling hero of a series of treasured comic books is as invisible in America as the Eurovision...

FILE - Mike Judge arrives at a screening for

Right time to 'get stupid again': Beavis, Butt-Head comeback

Jul. 1, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beavis and Butt-Head are coming back to TV in a reimagined version of the animated series about a pair of Gen X slackers. “It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” Mike Judge, the creator and voice of both characters, said in a statement. “Beavis and...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2010 file photo, actor and show co-creator Mike Henry appears with signage for his animated series

Mike Henry to stop voicing Black character on 'Family Guy'

Jun. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Family Guy” voice actor Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series. Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show’s main African American character because “persons of color should play...

FILE- In this March 21, 2007 file photo, the character Brer Rabbit, from the movie,

Disney changing Splash Mountain, ride tied to Jim Crow film

Jun. 25, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Amid calls to change the Splash Mountain theme park ride over its ties to “Song of the South," the 1946 movie many view as racist, Disney officials said Thursday it was recasting the ride based on “The Princess and the Frog," a 2009 Disney film with an African American...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, actress Elizabeth Banks arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Banks will play the manic science teacher Ms. Frizzle in a live-action film

Elizabeth Banks to drive 'Magic School Bus' onto big screens

Jun. 25, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Magic School Bus” has traveled everywhere from Pluto to inside the human body. Now it's going somewhere new: the big screen. Scholastic Entertainment said Thursday that it will make “a feature-length, live-action hybrid film” based on the animated TV show...

In this combination photo, voice actress Julie Bennett, from left, folk singer Oscar Chavez, architect Vittorio Gregotti, jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney and film and theater critic William Wolf pose for a photo. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of artists and artisans, writers and actors, musicians and media figures.(Mark Scroggs via AP, from left, AP Photo, AP Photo, Kasia Idzkowska/HighNote Records via AP and Barry Gordin via AP)

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

Jun. 24, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

A trumpeter who came up in the shadow of Miles Davis then stepped out of it. An architect whose soaring stadiums and concert halls are sitting silent in his native Italy. A rocker whose song gave flight to Joan Jett. In the fourth installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look at prominent figures in...

FILE - In this July 30, 2010 file photo, movie producer and real estate heir Steve Bing appears in Rhinebeck, N.Y. The Los Angeles County coroner said Bing died at his residence in the Century City section of Los Angeles on Monday, June 22, 2020. He was 55.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Film producer, wealthy heir, political donor Steve Bing dies

Jun. 24, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie producer, film financier, real estate heir and major Democratic political donor Steve Bing has died. He was 55. The Los Angeles County coroner said Bing died Monday at his residence in the Century City section of Los Angeles. The coroner said Tuesday that the cause of death was...

Japan TV station apologizes for US video seen as offensive

Jun. 9, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese public broadcaster NHK apologized Tuesday for an animated video it produced trying to explain the ongoing protests in the United States that instead sparked outrage that its depiction of black Americans was offensive. The animated clip featured a black man with large muscles wearing...