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John Singleton of ‘Boys N the Hood’ in coma after stroke

John Singleton

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Boyz N the Hood” director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, court papers filed Thursday showed. The 51-year-old director’s condition was revealed in a court filing from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting she be immediately appointed his temporary conservator to make medical …

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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay shares her favorite classic films

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, she knew she had to make it work. Usually “The Essentials” is filmed across two or three days. But the only way it would fit in with DuVernay’s …

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Emilio Estefan to make documentary on late star Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera

NEW YORK (AP) — A documentary on Jenni Rivera with unseen concert footage from her last performance is being developed by Emilio Estefan, who hopes to show the world the person and the friend that he got to know. “I really want people to know her with the same admiration that I had for her as a human being, and …

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Bond 25 launches in Jamaica, Rami Malek to play villain

Daniel Craig

NEW YORK (AP) — The 25th James Bond movie and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final installment as 007 is heading home to Jamaica. Craig, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and director Cary Fukunaga on Thursday launched the film from the Caribbean island nation where Ian Fleming wrote all of his Bond novels. The still untitled movie will …

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Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’

NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams’ “The Apollo” premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams’ documentary. The movie and setting added up to a gala tribute to the 125th …

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What the Heckboy: Theater near church avoids ‘Hellboy’ title

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee movie theater that sits across from a church and next to an elementary school is promoting the latest movie in the “Hellboy” franchise as “Heckboy.” The Tennessean reports the PG advertisement at the Dickson theater has caused a local buzz around the $50 million movie, which grossed $19.8 million in its first two weekends. …

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‘Children of a Lesser God’ writer Mark Medoff dies at 79

Mark Medoff, Phyllis Frelich

Mark Medoff, a provocative playwright whose “Children of a Lesser God” won Tony and Olivier awards and whose screen adaptation of his play earned an Oscar nomination, has died in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was 79. Medoff died Tuesday in a hospice surrounded by family, according to his daughter, Jessica Bunchman. He had been battling both multiple myeloma, a …

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ poised to topple box-office records

Bradley Cooper, Robert Downey Jr.

NEW YORK (AP) — By any measure, the release of “Avengers: Endgame” is a movie-theater event unlike any other. When the 22nd film in Marvel Studios’ saga opens in North American theaters on Thursday night, it will land on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S. and Canadian theaters. And even still, the 4,600 theaters the Walt Disney …

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Demian Bichir announces the passing of wife Stefanie Sherk

Demian Bichir, Stefanie Sherk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demian Bichir announced the death of his wife, Canadian actress and model Stefanie Sherk, in a heartfelt message on Instagram. The Mexican actor wrote early Wednesday that Sherk died “peacefully” on April 20. She was 37. “It has been the saddest and toughest time of our lives and we don’t know how much time it will …

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Oscars amend a few rules but not for Netflix

NEW YORK (AP) — The Oscars have tweaked a few rules, but not any that would limit the eligibility of Netflix films at the Academy Awards. The Academy of Motion Pictures’ board of governors early Wednesday announced a handful of changes passed during its annual April rules meeting. But the biggest news was what the 54-person board elected not to …

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