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Box Office Top 20: ‘Beauty’ adds $90.4 million in weekend 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” performed even better than expected in its second weekend in theaters, adding $90.4 million to its North American grosses, which now tally at $319 million. “Beauty and the Beast” easily topped the crop of newcomers — including Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers,” which got off to a solid start with $40 million ... Read More »

Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

David O. Russell, Jim Gianopulos

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, turning to the former Fox chief to revive the flagging movie studio. Gianopulos will succeed Paramount’s former chairman, Brad Grey, who was ousted in February. Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish said Monday that Gianopulos will be able to deliver the recovery ... Read More »

George Lucas gives another $10M to USC for student diversity

Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

NEW YORK (AP) — George Lucas has given another $10 million to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to fund the student diversity program he helped establish. The donation was announced Monday by USC, Lucas’ alma mater. Last fall, USC established a foundation in Lucas’ name to support students from underrepresented communities who qualify for financial support. ... Read More »

Barry Jenkins’ next project? ‘The Underground Railroad’

Barry Jenkins

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad.” Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins writing and directing the adaptation of the 2016 National Book Award winner. Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad” is a part-historic, part-surrealistic novel ... Read More »

Actress Shailene Woodley reaches deal in pipeline protest

Shailene Woodley

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Hollywood actress Shailene Woodley has reached a plea deal that calls for no jail time over her involvement in protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. The “Divergent” star was among 27 activists arrested Oct. 10. She livestreamed her arrest on Facebook. She initially pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and engaging in ... Read More »

‘Beauty and the Beast’ dances off with top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not all reboots are created equal. This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from “Beauty and the Beast” to “Power Rangers” and “CHIPS,” producing both successful and underwhelming results. On the high end, Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with ... Read More »

Antonio Banderas says he’s recovered from a heart attack

Antonio Banderas

MADRID (AP) — Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January. The 56-year-old Banderas tells Spanish media that “I suffered a heart attack on Jan. 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage.” Banderas says he underwent a procedure to place three stents in his arteries, adding that ... Read More »

Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it. There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday, which honored the mother-daughter duo’s impact on film, culture and those who knew them with ... Read More »

TCM Classic Film Fest dedicated to late host Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Turner Classic Movies will continue memorializing Robert Osborne at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles next month. Festival organizers announced Friday that the eighth annual film festival will be dedicated to the channel’s longtime host, who died on March 6 at age 84. Osborne’s TCM colleagues and friends will share stories about him during ... Read More »

Netflix re-ups with Sandler, plan 4 more films together

Adam Sandler

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is doubling down on Adam Sandler. The streaming giant has extended its deal with the comedian for four more feature films. As part of a previous four-movie deal, Sandler has already produced and starred in two films for Netflix. While neither “Ridiculous 6” nor “The Do-Over” received anything close to good reviews, Netflix said Friday ... Read More »