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It's not just 'any old Mickey Mouse' collection

Aug. 17, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Mickey Jilton was born to be a Mickey Mouse collector. The 85-year-old Johnson City businessman said he was named partly for the famous Walt Disney animated character. His mother was taken with an early Mickey Mouse cartoon and his father's favorite baseball player was Mickey...

'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' animator Richard Williams has died

Aug. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on...

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...

Youngest victim of California mass shooting laid to rest

Aug. 12, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The youngest victim of a mass shooting at a California food festival who loved comic books and listening to romantic ballads by his favorite artist was laid to rest Monday. About 300 friends and family of 6-year-old Stephen Romero remembered the boy as a happy and outgoing kid who...

New live-action 'Dora' features a more grown up explorer

Aug. 7, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Isabela Moner says she didn't expect so much action when she signed up for "Dora and the Lost City of Gold ," the upcoming film about the adventurous Latina explorer. Moner said she thought it would be a funny film, with Dora in a "fish out of water" kind of situation as she starts...

Longtime 'Simpsons' composer sues, claims age discrimination

Aug. 5, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime composer of "The Simpsons" has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability. The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for age discrimination, wrongful...

ABC to tackle 'Little Mermaid' with live production

Aug. 5, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Disney films its live-action remake of "The Little Mermaid," ABC will take a crack at it with a live production starring "Moana" actress Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel. The production, to air on Nov. 5, will also star Queen Latifah as Ursula and Shaggy as Sebastian. The music will be from...

Encore! New 'Angelina Ballerina' books in the works

Aug. 5, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved "Angelina Ballerina" picture books series is getting an encore. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced Monday that a reissue of the original book, "Angelina Ballerina," comes out this month, with more reissues and new releases to follow. The series by author...

Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity on children's TV

Jul. 31, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children's series "The Bravest Knight," describes the show's dad couple this way: "We're not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We're talking about the love of a family." His words and those of his fellow Hulu father, T.R....

'Joker,' Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers pic among TIFF selections

Jul. 23, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF Artistic...