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New this week: Kaepernick, Sheeran and 'Star Trek' spin-off

Oct. 25, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “Army of Thieves,” coming to Netflix on Friday, is set in a world where...

Tokyo festival features Yoshida's films of hope amid despair

Oct. 24, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at...

Review: 'Ron's Gone Wrong' has the movie code all jumbled

Oct. 21, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

There's a clear message in the new film “Ron’s Gone Wrong” and that message is to stop watching films like “Ron’s Gone Wrong.” A derivative tale about a middle schooler and his quirky computer sidekick, the animated film seems to want to preach we should all...

Opening, ticket prices announced for Peppa Pig theme park

Oct. 20, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — A standalone Peppa Pig theme park at the Legoland Florida Resort is set to open Feb. 24, park officials announced Tuesday. Officials also announced ticket prices. A one-day ticket for the central Florida park will be...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 24-30

Oct. 18, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 24-30: Oct. 24: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 85. Actor F. Murray Abraham is 82. Actor Kevin Kline is 74. Actor Doug Davidson (“The Young and the Restless”) is 67. Actor B.D. Wong is 61. Actor Zahn McClarnon...

These drag queens are creating a community in Middle Georgia

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Before she became one of Macon’s most popular drag queens, the host and show director of The Tribe didn’t want to do drag. A former downtown club was hosting a Newbie Night, and Yutoya Avaze Leon tried to convince Christina Leon to join her in the...

New graphic novel recounts Holocaust survivor Eva Kor's life

Oct. 17, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — In a twist of fate — something he’s become acquainted with — Bloomington artist Joe Lee’s personal history has led him to create a graphic novel he hopes will tell the story of a Holocaust survivor who forgave her tormentors. The loss of...

Walt Disney’s ties to Florida reach back to Paisley settlers

Oct. 16, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Unless you’ve been under a rock, you have heard that as of Oct. 1, Walt Disney World has officially been a part of Central Florida’s history for a half-century. For many folks who were around then, Walt Disney was not a corporate name but a real...

Charise Castro Smith brings Latin experience to 'Encanto'

Oct. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charise Castro Smith, the first Latino woman to co-direct a Walt Disney Animation Studios movie, admits that she has felt terrified at times. But when the chance to work on “Encanto” came around, she had no doubts. “I said, ‘I have to do this. I...

Actors of Indian descent proud to lead Broadway's 'Aladdin'

Oct. 14, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As kids growing up in different states, Shoba Narayan and Michael Maliakel shared a love of one favorite film — “Aladdin.” Both are of Indian descent, and in the animated movie, they saw people who looked like them. That shared love has gone...