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Ending a drought for R-rated comedies, ‘Good Boys’ is No. 1

Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

NEW YORK (AP) — The R-rated comedy, left for dead by some Hollywood studios, again reached No.1 at the box office over the weekend thanks to the raunchy coming-of-age tale “Good Boys,” about a trio of 12-year-olds on a crude misadventure. “Good Boys” surpassed expectations to debut with $21 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, dethroning the “Fast & Furious” …

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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator Richard Williams has died

LONDON (AP) — Richard Williams, a Canadian-British animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on Friday, his daughter Natasha Sutton Williams said Saturday. Williams’ …

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‘Easy Rider’ star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

Peter Fonda

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. “I am very sad,” Jane Fonda said in a statement. “He was my sweet-hearted …

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‘After the Wedding’ was a family affair for Julianne Moore

Bart Freundlich, Julianne Moore

NEW YORK (AP) — Julianne Moore is accustomed to working with her husband, director Bart Freundlich, on set, but it was a real family affair when their daughter joined them for their latest collaboration. Liv Freundlich, 17, was a production assistant on “After the Wedding,” which was released earlier this month. “We loved having her around more than she loved …

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Latino actors, writers pen ‘letter of solidarity’ amid fears

Eva Longoria

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Actresses America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are leading a group of more than 150 writers, artists and leaders who have written a public “letter of solidarity” to U.S. Latinos after the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and an immigration raid in Mississippi. The letter, published Friday in The New York Times and in a handful …

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Former Disney kid Bella Thorne directs film for Pornhub

Bella Thorne

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Disney kid Bella Thorne is making her directorial debut — on Pornhub. The actress, author and musician joined the porn site’s Visionaries Director’s Series with “Her & Him,” also to be shown at The Odenburg Film Festival in Germany from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15. Her film, featuring a very large knife along with, well, …

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Some of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ cast to celebrate film

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Some cast members of the “The Shawshank Redemption” movie will reunite in Ohio for the film’s 25th anniversary celebration. The Aug. 16-18 celebration of the film shot almost entirely in and around the northern Ohio city of Mansfield will feature various events, including panel discussions with crew and cast members. Organizers say TV personality and film …

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ repeats at No. 1 against slew of newcomers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences helped the “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw” take another lap at No. 1 even with an onslaught of four new major releases this weekend. From family films to R-rated adult fare, moviegoers had their pick as studios tried to capitalize on the waning days of summer. But although August can be a great …

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Universal cancels controversial ‘Hunt’ in wake of shootings

NEW YORK (AP) — Universal Pictures has canceled the planned September release of its controversial social satire “The Hunt,” in the wake of recent mass shootings and amid criticism from President Donald Trump. The move came several days after the studio suspended the ad campaign for the film, a gory, R-rated thriller that tells a tale of liberal “elites” hunting …

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