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Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss

Jun. 16, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film “Lightyear” from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered. ...

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar's 'Lightyear' from showing

Jun. 13, 2022 08:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates on Monday banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear" from showing in movie theaters after its inclusion of a kiss between two lesbian characters. The decision by the UAE comes as Malaysia also reportedly...

With ‘Jurassic World 3,’ dinosaurs rule again at box office

Jun. 12, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

Move over Maverick, the dinosaurs have arrived to claim their throne. “Jurassic World: Dominion” took a mighty bite out of the box office with $143.4 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. Including earnings from international showings —...

Once vibrant Phoenix Union Station could see new life

Jun. 11, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The last Sunset Limited passenger train rolled out of Phoenix’s Union Station, once a bustling hub for people and commerce, on June 2, 1996. Twenty-six years later, a developer has plans to transform the vacant building in downtown Phoenix and the 10 acres...

Harvey Weinstein to be charged in UK over assault claims

Jun. 08, 2022 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors said Wednesday they have authorized police to charge former film mogul Harvey Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault against a woman in London in 1996. The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement that “charges have been authorized”...

Paramount sued over ‘Top Gun’ copyright claim

Jun. 07, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

The widow and son of the man who wrote the 1983 article that inspired the original “Top Gun” are suing Paramount Pictures over its sequel, “Top Gun: Maverick.” In a complaint filed in California federal court Monday, Shosh Yonay and Yuval Yonay claim that the rights to Ehud...

Ethan Coen on his Jerry Lee Lewis doc and filmmaking return

May. 23, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

CANNES, France (AP) — Most in the film industry thought Ethan Coen was done with making movies. Ethan did, too. But on Sunday, Coen premiered his first documentary, “Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind," at the Cannes Film Festival, a movie that was unknown until last month's...

New rules about guns on movie sets fail in California

May. 19, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New rules about how and when actors can use guns while filming failed to pass the California Legislature on Thursday just months after a gun actor Alec Baldwin was holding went off and killed a cinematographer on a movie set in New Mexico. Democrats in the...

Once public housing, Newark site to get $125M film studio

May. 17, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The former site of one of Newark’s oldest public housing complexes is getting a $125 million makeover, becoming a TV and film production studio. Anchored by global entertainment provider Lionsgate, the 12-acre facility replaces the Seth Boyden homes in the...

Filmmaker: Officials arrest Iran movie industry workers

May. 16, 2022 00:57 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An award-wining Iranian filmmaker said authorities raided the offices and homes of several filmmakers and other industry professionals and arrested some of them. Mohammad Rasoulof said in a statement signed by dozens of movie industry...