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Feast and famine for Disney at Thanksgiving box office

Nov. 27, 2022 12:52 PM EST

Thanksgiving often serves up a feast of new family movies at the box office, but the Walt Disney Co.’s animated offering “ Strange World ” fizzled with audiences out of the gates. The production, which carried a reported $180 million budget, grossed just $18.6 million in ticket sales in its...

Macao awards casino licenses to MGM, Sands, Wynn, 3 others

Nov. 26, 2022 03:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Macao has tentatively renewed the casino licenses of MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and three Chinese rivals after they promised to help diversify its economy by investing in non-gambling attractions, the government said Saturday. The announcement is...

Iger back on top in a Disney plot twist that few saw coming

Nov. 21, 2022 17:05 PM EST

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Bob Iger, the enterprising entertainment executive who brought Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel under the Disney marquee and challenged the streaming dominance of Netflix, will replace his handpicked successor, CEO Bob Chapek, whose two-year tenure has been marked by clashes,...

Black residents allege discrimination at film studio town

Nov. 17, 2022 20:29 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of Black residents have filed a lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in a housing development associated with the Georgia film studio used to shoot well-known movies and television shows. The Town at Trilith sits across the street from Trilith Studios,...

Trailblazing director Euzhan Palcy returns for Oscar honor

Nov. 16, 2022 14:10 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Euzhan Palcy has made history more than a few times in her four decades in the movie business. She was the first Black woman to direct a film produced by a major studio (MGM’s “A Dry White Season”), the first Black director of any gender to win the...

Kevin Conroy, a defining voice of Batman, dies at 66

Nov. 11, 2022 15:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Conroy, the prolific voice actor whose gravely delivery on “Batman: The Animated Series" was for many Batman fans the definitive sound of the Caped Crusader, has died at 66. Conroy died Thursday after a battle with cancer, series producer Warner Bros....

Snoop Dogg biopic is in development with Universal Pictures

Nov. 09, 2022 23:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg is getting a big-screen biopic. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that the studio is developing a film about Snoop Dogg's life to be produced by the 51-year-old rapper. The film will be written by Joe Robert Cole, who co-wrote the two “Black...

Review: Movie fans will roar, growl over ’50 MGM Films’ book

Nov. 07, 2022 12:51 PM EST

“The 50 MGM Films that Transformed Hollywood: Triumphs, Blockbusters, and Fiascos,” by Steven Bingen (Lyons Press) The title of film historian Steven Bingen’s new book is reminiscent of B-movie trailers of the 1950s that breathlessly hype “The Most Important Picture of the...

Dancer in Weinstein film testifies he sexually assaulted her

Oct. 27, 2022 21:37 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dancer in a film produced by Harvey Weinstein testified Thursday that she was “freaked out” after meeting the movie mogul on the Puerto Rican set but the presence and reassurance of his assistant convinced her it was OK to go with him to his hotel, where she was later...

Prosecutors take charge of probe into Baldwin shooting

Oct. 27, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A sheriff's department submitted on Thursday its investigative findings to prosecutors in the death of a cinematographer shot and killed by Alec Baldwin on a film set in New Mexico in October 2021. Santa Fe Sheriff's Office spokesman Juan Ríos said that two...