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'Lion King' reigns above box office for second week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Lion King" rode its circle of life into a second weekend atop the box office and "Once Upon A Time ... In Hollywood," while not quite doing fairytale numbers, gave director Quentin Tarantino his biggest opening ever. Disney's photorealistic remake of the Hamlet-themed tale...
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Marvel's next films will bring diversity, onscreen and off

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvel's push for more women and people of color in its immensely popular film franchise is extending to behind the camera as it launches its next round of films after the massive success of "Avengers: Endgame." Of the five films the superhero studio announced at Comic-Con on...
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Universal to release 2 new films in its 'Halloween' saga

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal says it will release two new "Halloween" films, including one with the ominous title "Halloween Ends." The studio said Friday that the first of the films, "Halloween Kills," will be released in 2020 and the second film will come in 2021. A teaser video includes the...
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Austin Butler to star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann-helmed biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic has found its King. After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley. Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller all reportedly tested for the role ultimately won by Butler, who last year appeared in...
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'Spider-Man' does victory lap over 'Crawl,' 'Stuber'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is celebrating another weekend at No. 1, but non-franchise fare continues to struggle at the box office. Fresh studio-released counterprograming such as the horror movie "Crawl" and the action-comedy "Stuber" barely made a dent in the web-slinger's...
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith launch media venture

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are looking to expand their brands under a new corporate umbrella. The Hollywood power couple on Wednesday announced the launch of a new media venture. According to a statement, Westbrook Inc. will be a cross-platform holding company "formed to...
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"The Lion King" cast talks reimagining the Disney classic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's "The Lion King" has received no shortage of remakes and spinoffs in the years since its original 1994 release. Now, as the film reaches its silver anniversary, Disney delivers a new take on the animated musical. Cast and crew gathered in Hollywood for "The Lion King"...
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'Spider-Man' soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever. "Spider-Man: Far From Home," the first Marvel movie after "Avengers: Endgame," swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday and earning $93...
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'Toy Story 4' repeats at No. 1 over 'Annabelle,' 'Yesterday'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Toy Story 4" hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel "Annabelle Comes Home" opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: "Yesterday." The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic...
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Russell says Abrams' new 'Star Wars' script made her cry

NEW YORK (AP) — Keri Russell says that when J.J. Abrams sent her his version of the script for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," it overwhelmed her."When I read his script that he wrote I cried," she told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I mean who knows what it will turn out to be...
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