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At Sundance, an annual rebirth for American movies

Jan. 21, 2020 6:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival, coming at the start of a new movie calendar, is an annual rite of renewal. New movies. New filmmakers. New voices. And that feels especially welcome this year. Sundance always rolls around just as the worst movies are being dumped in theaters ( see:...

Program features teen who began book club for black students

Jan. 21, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — When a black student from St. Louis created a book club because didn’t find books at his majority-white school’s library that told stories of people who look like him, he had no idea his initiative would land him on Disney’s screen as a hero. Sidney Keys III founded...

FILE - In this June 4, 1969, file photo, Bobby Rush, deputy defense minister of the Illinois Black Panther party, center, reads a statement at a news conference after an early morning raid on Chicago Panther headquarters by FBI agents. At left is Jose

Film probes radical black-Latino-poor white 1960s alliance

Jan. 20, 2020 2:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., (AP) — Civil rights activists were still mourning the 1968 assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Richard Nixon was president, the Vietnam War hadn't ended, and urban racial tensions remained. In that climate, a 24-year-old Black Panther Party member from...

Wilson Cruz speaks at the

'Out on Television' tracks evolution of LGBTQ portrayals

Jan. 19, 2020 3:11 PM EST

Actor Wilson Cruz says a new documentary on the evolution of LGBTQ depictions on television is a “love letter” to the medium’s power. It’s also a testament to how LGBTQ people and their allies harnessed TV to tell the community’s stories, said Cruz, who along with actor-comedian...

Kim Kardashian West speaks at the

Kardashian West pursues criminal justice reform in TV show

Jan. 18, 2020 11:20 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Kim Kardashian West is a step closer to becoming a lawyer, having finished her first year of study as an apprentice. She told The Associated Press on Saturday that her next step is taking the “baby bar,” so-called because it's a one-day exam. If she passes, she plans...

Paris Hilton speaks at the

Paris Hilton reveals private side in upcoming documentary

Jan. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Having thrown her life open for years, it's hard to believe there isn't much the public doesn't know about Paris Hilton. But wait, there is. The 38-year-old socialite often described as famous for being famous reveals a private side of herself in “This is Paris,” a...

FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film

Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film

Jan. 18, 2020 12:57 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey said Friday that Russell Simmons attempted to pressure her about her involvement with a documentary in which several women detail sexual abuse allegations against the rap mogul, but his efforts were not what prompted her to leave the project. “He did reach out multiple...

Hillary Clinton participates in the Hulu

Hillary Clinton to 2020 Democratic voters: pick a winner

Jan. 17, 2020 1:46 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has advice for Democratic voters faced with an unsettled field of presidential contenders: pick a winner. “This is an election that will have such profound impact, so take your vote seriously,” Clinton said. “And for Democratic voters, try...

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2019 file photo shows Pete Davidson during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Judd Apatow's “King of Staten Island,

Judd Apatow's 'King of Staten Island' to open SXSW film fest

Jan. 15, 2020 7:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Judd Apatow's “The King of Staten Island," starring Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live," will make its premiere as the opening night film at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival. The Austin, Texas, festival on Wednesday announced that “The King of Staten...

This image released by BBC America shows a female puma on the hunt in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, featured in the nature series

New BBC America documentary series tackles global change

Jan. 15, 2020 1:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — If sheer drama is what you crave on TV, look no further than the tale of a fearless mother at the far edge of South America. She is a puma and this big cat repeatedly launches herself over and over at a llama-like creature more than three times her size, desperate to get meat for her three...