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Bahrain conference: Peace critical for US plan for Mideast

Jared Kushner

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The Trump administration’s $50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians cannot succeed without addressing the political elements of a Middle East deal, international financial chiefs and global investors said Wednesday in comments that pushed back on the U.S. insistence that the two must be separated. Panelists at the two-day conference in Bahrain welcomed the proposal’s …

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Warner Bros. names BBC’s Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — BBC executive Ann Sarnoff was named chief of Warner Bros. on Monday, making her the first woman to head the movie studio in its 96-year history. Her appointment follows the departure in March of Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down after misconduct allegations. WarnerMedia chief executive John Stankey announced Sarnoff’s hiring, concluding a three-month search for one …

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The Latest: Nipsey Hussle honored with award at BET Awards

Cardi B

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 BET Awards, which are being presented Sunday at the Microsoft Theater (all times local): 8:20 p.m. The late Nipsey Hussle was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards. Rapper T.I. presented the posthumous award Sunday to his family that included his mother, father, grandmother, his children and girlfriend, Lauren …

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‘Toy Story 4’ opens big but below expectations with $118M

Tom Hanks

NEW YORK (AP) — “Toy Story 4” brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film’s below-expectations debut didn’t quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. The “Toy Story 4” opening, according to studio estimates Sunday, ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening …

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Screenwriters can play key role in gender parity, actors say

Geena Davis

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis says achieving gender parity on screen is simple, and it could happen overnight. “Just go through (the script) and cross out a bunch of male first names and put female first names. That’s all you have to do,” Davis told the audience during a panel Saturday at AT&T’s SHAPE media conference …

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Weinstein fights sex trafficking claims in actress’ lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers sought Friday to toss out the sex trafficking claims of an actress the disgraced movie-making mogul maintains is trying to capitalize on the legal success of other women. The lawyers filed papers in Manhattan federal court to try to persuade a judge to reject Wedil David’s trafficking claims. David’s lawsuit, filed in Los …

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‘Cinderella’ film feted at Library of Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one arrived in a horse-drawn carriage. But there was valet parking for the guests invited to a “mini-ball” held at the Library of Congress in honor of the Disney film “Cinderella.” The Thursday evening event featured a costumed Cinderella character, who descended the library steps to the cheers of a crowd of children and adults, including …

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Russell says Abrams’ new ‘Star Wars’ script made her cry

Keri Russell

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 and I …

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Unheard song from Queen frontman Freddie Mercury released

NEW YORK (AP) — Universal Music unveiled a previously unheard and unreleased song by the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. The record label announced the track, “Time Waits for No One,” on Thursday. It was originally recorded in 1986 for the concept album of the musical “Time” with musician Dave Clark. A video to accompany the song was also released …

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Jane Fonda to give White House hopeful Steve Bullock a boost

Steve Bullock

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jane Fonda is joining a group of Hollywood power players to host a fundraiser for presidential candidate Steve Bullock on Thursday, a show of support that could lend credibility among Democratic donors to the little-known Montana governor. The Academy Award-winning actress, activist and fitness guru is among a handful of Los Angeles agents, producers and lawyers hosting …

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