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In this June 7, 2020 photo provided by the Executive Office of District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, John Lewis looks over a section of 16th Street that's been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington. The Washington Monument and the White House are visible in the distance. Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state troopers in 1965 helped galvanize opposition to racial segregation, and who went on to a long and celebrated career in Congress, died. He was 80. (Khalid Naji-Allah/Executive Office of the Mayor via AP)
Associated Press
July 19, 2020 - 10:32 am
Of all the ways that John Lewis influenced American life and politics, his indelible impact on young people may be among the most enduring. From student activist to elder statesman, Lewis continually encouraged the nation's youth to start “good trouble” — and modeled just how to do that. He was...
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This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, right, and Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick in a scene from "Trolls World Tour." Universal Pictures is calling the “Trolls World Tour” digital release a success and suggests it may be the beginning of a sea change in how movies are released. Theater owners strenuously disagree. AMC Theaters, the largest chain in the United States, is signaling an all-out war, saying it will refuse to play Universal movies. (DreamWorks Animation via AP)
Associated Press
April 29, 2020 - 8:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The most controversial movie of the year is ... “Trolls World Tour”? As innocuous as the rainbow-colored, music-blaring animated movie may seem, the digital release of the "Trolls” sequel has caused a storm to course through the movie industry. Just as the pandemic worsened and...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from "Joker." On Monday, Jan. 13, the film was nominated for an Oscar for best picture. (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
Associated Press
January 13, 2020 - 6:45 pm
Female filmmakers were shut out, “Parasite” made history and “Joker” edged out “The Irishman," “1917” and “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” in Monday's Oscar nominations. Todd Phillips’ R-rated superhero smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 nominations to the 92nd Academy Awards, while Martin...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Associated Press
December 31, 2019 - 8:43 pm
A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for president. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2009, file photo, John Witherspoon leaves a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York. Actor-comedian Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died at age 77. Witherspoon’s manager Alex Goodman confirmed late Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, that Witherspoon died in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
October 30, 2019 - 1:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube's father in the "Friday" films, has died. He was 77. Witherspoon's family issued a statement to the website Deadline saying that Witherspoon died Tuesday in Los Angeles. No cause of death was released. The actor had a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, co-founder of Japan's prestigious Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata, stands in front of his office at Studio Ghibli in suburban Tokyo after an interview about his animated film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya." The vast catalog of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service. Films such as “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and Oscar-winner “Spirited Away” will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches in Spring 2020. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
October 17, 2019 - 8:50 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The vast catalog of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service. Films such as "Princess Mononoke," ''My Neighbor Totoro" and Oscar-winner "Spirited Away" will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches in...
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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene from the film "Joker." (Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP)
October 13, 2019 - 2:47 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first weekend was no fluke: "Joker" is a hit. The R-rated comic book villain origin story had a phenomenal second weekend at the box office, topping the charts once more over newcomers such as the animated "The Addams Family" and the Will Smith action pic "Gemini Man." Warner...
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Workers dismantle signage for an NBA fan event scheduled to be held on Wednesday night at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. (AP Photo)
October 08, 2019 - 9:16 am
TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses swept into a growing debate over how to navigate China's censorship efforts. The question has heated up after the NBA suffered a backlash in China over a pro-Hong Kong tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager. South Park...
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FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Mike Tyson attends a celebrity golf tournament in Dana Point, Calif. Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is set to join the Professional Fighters League and host the new series “Mike Tyson’s New Fight Game: The PFL." Tyson will conduct interviews with fighters, and musicians, entertainers and other famous fans of mixed martial arts. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)
October 07, 2019 - 1:31 pm
Mike Tyson is ready to talk your ears off about MMA. The former heavyweight champion is set to join the Professional Fighters League as host of the new series "Mike Tyson's New Fight Game: The PFL," which will debut this week on the league's YouTube channel and other digital platforms before the...
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Director Todd Phillips, left, holds the Golden Lion for Best Film for 'Joker', joined by lead actor Joaquin Phoenix at the closing ceremony of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
September 07, 2019 - 4:50 pm
Todd Phillips' dark comic book film "Joker" won the Golden Lion Award at the 76th Venice International Film Festival on Saturday and cemented its place as a legitimate contender for the rest of the awards season. Jury president Lucretia Martel announced the winners of the prestigious award during a...
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