Animation and comics

May 10, 2018 - 4:51 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Superman may be the Man of Steel, but he's no Death Dealer. Comic books featuring the debuts of Superman, the Joker and Catwoman fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars at a Chicago auction Thursday, but the star was undoubtedly a painting by science fiction and fantasy artist Frank...
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This illustration made available by NASA on March 29, 2018 shows the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft flying over Mars with Earth and the sun in the distance. The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats - a kind of modular, mini-satellite - flown into deep space. They're designed to fly along behind NASA's InSight lander on its cruise to Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
May 04, 2018 - 12:36 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks. Named after the characters in the 2008 animated movie, the small satellites WALL-E and EVE are hitching a ride on the Atlas V rocket set to...
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In this April 27, 2018 photo, a woman reacts to a Peppa Pig mascot during the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing, China. The cherubic British cartoon character, Peppa Pig, has become an unlikely target of China's censors as online fans use her porcine likeness in sardonic memes and "gangster" catchphrases. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
May 02, 2018 - 7:00 am
BEIJING (AP) — A cherubic British cartoon character has become an unlikely target of China's censors as fans use her porcine likeness in rap videos and "gangster" tattoos. The bright pink swine's subversive alter-ego has made her a viral hit but also an apparent target of government workers who...
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FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Lupita Nyong'o attends the Women In Film 2017 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. It’s the latest example of gender-bending casting: Nyong’o will voice the role of the Giant in “Jack,” an animated virtual reality version of the “Jack and the Beanstalk” story. The Oscar winner will participate in the next installment of the VR experience, produced by Baobab Studios. The first installment, “Jack: Part One,” is now showing at the Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
April 27, 2018 - 5:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's the latest example of gender-bending casting: Actress Lupita Nyong'o will voice the role of the Giant in "Jack," an animated virtual reality version of the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story. The Oscar winner will participate in the next installment of the VR experience, produced...
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This image released by 20th Century Fox shows, from left, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Amandla Stenberg and Harris Dickinson in a scene from, "The Darkest Minds." The film, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, is expected in theaters on August 3. (Daniel McFadden/20th Century Fox via AP)
April 27, 2018 - 11:06 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson is the first woman to solo direct an animated feature for an major Hollywood studio and the first woman of color to be given a budget of $150 million to direct a film. Now Nelson is taking the rare leap from animation to live-action...
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Mohamed Khalifa al-Mubarak, the chairman of both Miral and Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism, second left, claps for a Bugs Bunny character during a news conference organized by the Warner Bros. World amusement park, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Abu Dhabi will open the $1 billion indoor amusement park this July, officials announced Wednesday, the latest offering in a crowded market in the United Arab Emirates where one marquee park already faces serious financial problems. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
April 18, 2018 - 8:18 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Abu Dhabi will open a $1 billion indoor Warner Bros. amusement park this July, officials announced Wednesday, the latest offering in a crowded market in the United Arab Emirates where one marquee park already faces serious financial problems. The Warner Bros...
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In this Feb. 12, 2015 photo, Japanese animated film director Isao Takahata speaks about his latest film "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya" with its poster during an interview at his office, Studio Ghibli, in suburban Tokyo. Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82. Takahata, who directed "Grave of the Fireflies," a tragic tale about wartime childhood, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
April 06, 2018 - 5:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82. Takahata started Ghibli with Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, hoping to create Japan's Disney, and...
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A boy looks through a bus window alleged to be carrying Russian diplomats and their family members who were ordered to leave the US, as they depart from Vnukovo 2 government airport, outside Moscow, Russia, Sunday, April 1, 2018. The United States and more than a dozen European nations kicked out Russian diplomats on Monday and the Trump administration ordered Russia's consulate in Seattle to close, as the West sought joint punishment for Moscow's alleged role in poisoning an ex-spy in Britain. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
April 03, 2018 - 4:22 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry says Britain's failure to track down the source of a nerve agent used to poison a Russian ex-spy shows that the accusations against Russia have...
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In this August 2017 photo, DMX, the rapper also known as Earl Simmons, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York after an appearance in his tax fraud case. DMX could get up to five years in prison when he is sentenced, Wednesday, March 28, 2018, for trying to dodge $1.7 million in taxes. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister)
March 28, 2018 - 8:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge heard a DMX rap song before adding his own lyrics to a court proceeding on Wednesday, ordering the rapper imprisoned for a year in a tax fraud case. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff took requests, accommodating DMX's desire to hear his autobiographical hit "Slippin'" before...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, director Ava DuVernay poses for photographers at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time," in London. Warner Bros. said Thursday that DuVernay will direct “The New Gods,” a DC Comics property created by the famed comic book artist Jack Kirby. It’s an elaborate science fiction work, part of Kirby’s “Fourth World Saga,” about two warring alien planets. It debuted in 1971. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
March 15, 2018 - 6:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay's "A Wrinkle in Time" may have disappointed at the box office, but she's already booked another big-budget project. Warner Bros. said Thursday that DuVernay will direct "The New Gods," a DC Comics property created by the famed comic book artist Jack Kirby. It's an...
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