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Beneath wholesome image, Doris Day was an actor of depth

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The very name “Doris Day,” cheerful as a sunrise on a studio lot, was an invention. The beloved singer and actress, who died Monday at 97 , was a contemporary of Marilyn Monroe but seemed to exist in a lost and parallel world of sexless sex comedies and the carefree ways of “Que Sera, Sera” (“Whatever …

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Doris Day, actress who honed wholesome image, dies at 97

Doris day

Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson and Cary Grant made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and ’60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97. In more recent years, Day had been an animal rights advocate. Her Doris Day Animal …

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NBC shows off fall lineup with stars, athletes, Kardashians

Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC hoped to wow advertisers with its reach and content at a glitzy presentation Monday for its fall lineup, parading out a clutch of Kardashians and Olympic gold winning athletes, getting “The Voice” judges to sing and even offering a few gentle pokes at a new Oscar-winner — Rami Malek. Malek was at Radio City Music …

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On eve of festival, Cannes defends its record on women

CANNES, France (AP) — A year after 82 women protested en masse on the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival on Monday defended its record on female filmmakers and for the first time divulged data on its selection process. Addressing reporters on the eve of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux spoke at length, both touting the festival’s strides …

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Will Smith calls ‘Aladdin’ remake highlight of his career

Will Smith

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Hollywood star Will Smith says that Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” was “one of, if not the best experience” of his accomplished 30-year career. Speaking to reporters in Amman, Jordan on Monday at the regional premiere, Smith — who plays Genie — said the musical movie “called upon every talent I cultivated” throughout decades as an …

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Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new documentary revealing cases of sexual abuse by priests has deeply shaken Poland, one of Europe’s most Roman Catholic societies, eliciting an apology from the church hierarchy and prompting one cleric to leave priestly life. “Tell No One,” a film financed through a crowdfunding campaign, was released on YouTube on Saturday. By Monday, the documentary …

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Lucha libre wrestler Silver King dies during London match

LONDON (AP) — A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the film comedy “Nacho Libre” died in London after he collapsed during a match that a witness described as so elaborately staged it wasn’t immediately clear something seriously was wrong. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled with the ring name Silver King, was one of the featured wrestlers of “The …

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‘Pikachu’ tries to dethrone the ‘Avengers,’ but just misses

Robert Downey Jr.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” gave “Avengers: Endgame” a run for its money this weekend at the box office, but the superheroes managed to hold onto the throne once again. The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster earned an estimated $63.1 million from its third weekend in North American theaters, bringing its domestic grosses to …

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PBS film tackles Mexican Americans’ role in winemaking

Rene Reyes Ornelas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila’s family has worked in the wine industry of California’s Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball scholarship but the passion of flowery aromas and crisp peach flavor remained in his soul and he eventually got a degree in fermentation sciences. His dream: His own vineyard. Brambila’s …

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Makers of ‘A Dog’s Journey’ feel vindicated as sequel nears

Dennis Quaid, Gail Mancuso

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2017 family movie “A Dog’s Purpose” was marred by accusations of animal abuse after a video of a frightened dog that appeared to be forced into rushing water during the making of the film was posted by TMZ. The footage quickly went viral but a third-party investigation discounted the allegations. On Thursday, one of the …

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