Latest Children's entertainment News

Sally Field, 'Sesame Street' to receive Kennedy Center award

Jul. 18, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Sally Field and the long-running children's TV show "Sesame Street" are in the latest class of Kennedy Center Honors recipients. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the musical...

'Lion King' composer Hans Zimmer finds circle of life

Jul. 17, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Composer Hans Zimmer can't seem to get away from "The Lion King." The emotional score has gotten him jobs, his only Oscar and secured him a place in the hearts of children and adults. But he wasn't sure he wanted to come back when Jon Favreau approached him to revisit the soundtrack for...

Young 'Lion King' actors had Beyoncé-size shoes to fill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The pressure was on for young actors Shahadi Wright Joseph and JD McCrary when they got word that they'd been cast as the voices of young Nala and young Simba in "The Lion King." Not only was it an ambitious remake of an iconic film, but it was their first major Hollywood...

Poet and former Youth Laureate Amanda Gorman has book deal

Jul. 11, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is working on a picture book. Viking Children's Books announced Thursday that Gorman's "Change Sings: A Children's Anthem" is scheduled for 2021. It's the first part of a two-book deal. The rising senior at Harvard University says in a statement that...

Man accused of burning LGBTQ books loses motion to dismiss

Jul. 10, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A magistrate has refused to dismiss a criminal mischief charge against an Iowa religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library. Prosecutors say 63-year-old Paul Dorr posted a video on Facebook in October in which he denounced the...

Alaska Native girl leads animated kids TV show in US first

Jul. 8, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Princess Daazhraii Johnson grew up eating dried salmon and moose-head soup — foods labeled weird by other kids who had no understanding of her culture and traditions. Now the Fairbanks woman and other Alaska Natives are presenting their world to a general audience with...

Salt Lake City to host Quidditch World Cup in 2021

Jul. 5, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City has been chosen to host the U.S. Quidditch World Cup in 2021. Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the selection Friday and said the city was chosen for its proximity to an airport and its walkable downtown area. The event is expected to host 84 teams and draw in more than...

Review: Look out, Buzz. There's another good toy movie out

Jun. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

There are two movies opening this weekend that feature iconic anthropomorphic dolls. Be very careful which one you choose. "Toy Story 4" has the usual gang of lovable toys led by Woody and Buzz. (Bring tissues.) Then there's the remake of "Child's Play," which has Chucky, the freckle-faced homicidal doll who...

Virginia college wants wizardry school's $70K debt to vanish

Jun. 17, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The College of William & Mary says the masters of a wizardry school need to make a $70,000 debt disappear. The Virginian-Pilot reports the college says Learn Larp, LLC hasn't fully paid its $110,000 bill for hosting an adult role-playing event known as "New World Magischola." A...

Review: In the joyous 'Toy Story 4,' the toys evolve too

Jun. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

It's futile to ask "why more" in the movie business, but it's hard not to go in a little suspicious of a fourth "Toy Story." The trilogy was so perfect. What more could we ask of Woody and Buzz? What more did we as an audience need? If we got another, would it live up to the unbridled joy and emotional...