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Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave

John Lasseter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just days before Pixar’s “Coco” is set to hit theaters, Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence citing “missteps” with employees. The boisterous, Hawaiian shirt-wearing personality behind some of the most beloved children’s films of the past 30 years like “Toy Story” is the latest …

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The Latest: Rashida Jones denies report about Pixar chief

John Lasseter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Pixar co-founder John Lasseter that have led him to take a leave of absence (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Rashida Jones is denying a report that she quit working on “Toy Story 4” because of unwanted advances by Pixar co-founder John Lasseter. Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack say in …

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The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 19, 2017: iTunes Movies US Charts: 1. Atomic Blonde 2. Wind River (2017) 3. Spider-Man: Homecoming 4. Logan Lucky 5. Wonder Woman (2017) 6. Cars 3 7. Baby Driver 8. Girls Trip 9. War for the Planet of the Apes 10. The Hitman’s Bodyguard iTunes Movies US Charts — Independent: 1. Wind …

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ leads Indie Spirit Award nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The romantic coming-of-age film “Call Me By Your Name” has a leading six Film Independent Spirit Award nominations, followed by Jordan Peele’s satirical horror “Get Out” and the Robert Pattinson thriller “Good Time” with five nominations each. Actresses Tessa Thompson and Lily Collins announced the nominees for the 33rd installment of the awards show Tuesday. Luca …

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Report: Weinstein paid $1M to accuser after 2015 case died

Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein paid $1 million to silence an Italian model who accused him of groping her in 2015 after prosecutors decided not to charge him, and in the 1990s, his brother paid other accusers from his personal bank account, a magazine reported Tuesday. Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told The New Yorker she signed a nondisclosure agreement before …

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Arkansas man admits stealing Geena Davis’ laptop

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop from actress Geena Davis. Investigators say 67-year-old Gerardo Mancia-Hernandez took the computer on a luggage cart after Davis arrived at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport on May 1. Investigators say the actress placed her computer on the cart when she stopped to take a picture next to …

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Crash report turns out to be scene for Billy Crystal film

Billy Crystal

LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — A report of a car crashing into a pizza and ice cream shop on Long Island turned out to be a scene for a film starring Billy Crystal. Police in Long Beach tell Newsday that officers and firefighters were dispatched Monday morning after someone reported a vehicle had crashed into Slices & Ices. Police department …

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Bounty offered for beheadings of Bollywood director, actress

Deepika Padukone

NEW DELHI (AP) — A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered 100 million rupees ($1.5 million) to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of an unreleased Bollywood film “Padmavati” rumored to depict a relationship between a Hindu queen and a Muslim ruler. Suraj Pal Amu, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader from the northern state of …

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Box Office Top 20: ‘Justice League’ falls to $93.8 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Justice League” opened even lower than Warner Bros. estimated on Sunday. According to Monday’s final tally of the weekend’s box office receipts, the costly superhero ensemble pic grossed $93.8 million from 4,051 North American theaters making it the first film in the DC Extended Universe to debut under $100 million. It left room for the family …

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Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z lead NAACP Image Award nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z are the leading nominees with five apiece for January’s NAACP Image Awards, the group announced Monday. Blige’s nominations are for songs and videos off her album “Strength of a Woman,” while Jay-Z was nominated for his “4:44” album and songs on it, as well as a nod for entertainer of the …

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