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A good man: Exhibits honor 'Peanuts' creator Schulz on 100th

May. 27, 2022 01:21 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In a series of “Peanuts” comic strips that ran in mid-April of 1956, Charlie Brown grasps the string of his kite, which was stuck in what came to be known in the long-running strip as the “kite-eating tree.” In one episode that week, a frustrated...

Baltimore-area animators have shot at Cartoon Network show

May. 22, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rebecca Stern gets anxious in loud spaces and struggles to communicate and socialize. The 26-year-old, who has autism, said she hopes to create characters who look and sound like her. Marina Khatin, 29, said there’s a shortage of Black female cartoon animators....

Review: ‘Chip ‘n Dale’ evoke Roger Rabbit in meta reboot

May. 17, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

If you must reboot an over 30-year-old Disney Channel cartoon like “ Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers,” you could do much worse than looking to “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” for inspiration. But it is a high bar and though “Chip ‘n Dale” might not reach the heights of that Robert Zemeckis...

Summer Preview: Banana! The Minions expand their empire

May. 05, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the movies' biggest stars barely speak a word of English, or any other language for that matter. Sure, you can occasionally hear them say “Banana!” or possibly “Smoochy smoochy!" but most of what they say is gibberish. The Minions may be the world's most popular, and...

Aliu lands book deal on how he confronted racism in hockey

May. 05, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

Glancing at the illustration of the boy with the far-off stare standing next to a bus on the cover of the graphic novel memoir that will tell his story, Akim Aliu immediately remembers the pain of growing up poor and Black in Toronto. From the hours spent alone riding public transit...

'Bad Guys' repeats at No. 1, Liam Neeson's latest misfires

May. 01, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

The DreamWorks animated heist movie “The Bad Guys” was the top film in U.S. and Canada theaters for the second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday, while the latest Liam Neeson thriller suggested the actor's particular set of skills may be wearing thin with audiences. ...

Hamlin respects NASCAR punishment for crass anti-Asian meme

Apr. 30, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Denny Hamlin said someone sent him a crass anti-Asian meme that poked fun at Kyle Larson's driving and out it went without a care — from his mobile phone to Twitter. “I thought it was hilarious," Hamlin said. “Also, it's insensitive. I understand.” ...

Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby unite for show 'Mecha Builders'

Apr. 26, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cookie Monster, Elmo and Abby Cadabby are utterly transformed in a new “Sesame Street” show. You might even say they're Transformers. The trio of furry monsters wear cool metal suits bursting with gizmos and soar through the air in their new CGI-animated show...

'Bad Guys' bests 'The Northman,' Nick Cage at the box office

Apr. 24, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — On an unusually crowded weekend at movie theaters that featured a pricey Viking epic and Nicolas Cage playing himself, DreamWorks Animation's “The Bad Guys” bested the field, signaling a continued resurgence for family moviegoing after a downturn during the pandemic. ...

'Golden Girls' shows little age at inaugural fan convention

Apr. 23, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — TV shows about sci-fi or comic book fare usually inspire fan conventions — not a sitcom about four women of a certain age living together in Florida. But sisters Hillary Wasicek, 37, and Melissa Gluck, 43, took this weekend's inaugural “The Golden Girls”...