Animation and comics

In this Sept. 14, 2017, photo, Django Co., Ltd. Director Shigetaka Kurita writes a pictograph during an interview at his office in Tokyo. The Japanese creator of the first emoji wanted to add nuance to mobile phone messages and never imagined his 1999 work would become a global phenomenon. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
September 21, 2017 - 1:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — The tiny smiley faces, hearts, knife-and-fork or clenched fist have become a global language for mobile phone messages. They are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They star in a new Hollywood film. The emoji is heir to a tradition of pictographic writing stretching...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 13, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger attends a special screening of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Disney is adding more firepower to the kids streaming service expected in 2019. Iger said its Star Wars and Marvel comic-book movies will be included in the service as well as Disney and Pixar movies and TV shows. In the U.S., that will be the only way to stream those films on demand. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
September 07, 2017 - 5:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Star Wars" and the Marvel comic-book movies will join Disney's upcoming streaming service , potentially giving it broader appeal beyond families with young children. The Disney service will be the only place to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2016 file photo, Ed Skrein arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Burbank, Calif. A week after his casting in the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot sparked outcries of whitewashing, Skrein has withdrawn from the film. He was cast as Ben Daimio in the “Hellboy” reboot “Rise of the Blood Queen." Many objected to the role not going to an Asian-American actor. The character is Japanese-American in Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” comics. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 28, 2017 - 3:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — British actor Ed Skrein has withdrawn from the upcoming "Hellboy" reboot a week after his casting sparked outcries of whitewashing. In a lengthy post on his social media channels Monday, Skrein said he accepted the role of Ben Daimio unaware of its Asian heritage. The character...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2016 file photo, Ed Skrein arrives at the MTV Movie Awards in Burbank, Calif. A week after his casting in the upcoming “Hellboy” reboot sparked outcries of whitewashing, Skrein has withdrawn from the film. He was cast as Ben Daimio in the “Hellboy” reboot “Rise of the Blood Queen." Many objected to the role not going to an Asian-American actor. The character is Japanese-American in Mike Mignola’s “Hellboy” comics. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 23, 2017 - 4:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Hollywood film yet again finds itself responding to a social-media outcry over the casting of a white actor in a role that was originally Asian-American. British actor Ed Skrein earlier this week joined the cast of the "Hellboy" reboot "Rise of the Blood Queen," which is to be the...
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This image released by The Weinstein Company shows a scene from, "Leap!" (The Weinstein Company via AP)
August 23, 2017 - 2:02 pm
An animated "Flashdance" meets "Cinderella," ''LEAP !" isn't so much bad as it is bewildering. The feature about an orphan girl who dreams of dancing professionally is set very vaguely in the 1880s, in Brittany and Paris, and contains nods to that general time — like an under-construction Statue of...
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This image released by Netflix shows Lakeith Stanfield, left, and Nat Wolff in a scene from "Death Note." (James Dittiger/Netflix via AP)
August 23, 2017 - 1:18 pm
When "Death Note" begins, we learn that Seattle teenager Light Turner has a crush on a cheerleader at his high school. So when these two would-be lovebirds finally talk for the first time and really open up to each other, Turner has to be honest: "It's going to sound a little crazy," he tells her...
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Comic book writer Stan Lee strikes a "Spider-Man" pose at the "Extraordinary: Stan Lee" tribute event at the Saban Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
August 23, 2017 - 5:39 am
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Stan Lee was the subject of a love fest Tuesday night, as actors, directors, artists and illustrators lauded the Marvel Comics legend for creating a vast universe of fantastic, flawed, righteous and relatable superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, Aisha Tyler, Lou Ferrigno, RZA and...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2003 file photo, Thomas Meehan, left, and Mark O'Donnell pose with their Tony awards for best book of a Musical for "Hairspray" during the 57th Annual Tony Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, Martin Charnin said that Meehan, the three-time Tony Award-winning book writer, has died. Meehan was 88. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
August 22, 2017 - 6:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan, best known for transforming the Little Orphan Annie cartoon strip into the smash Broadway musical "Annie," has died at age 88. Meehan, who had been ill for about five months and had undergone surgery, died at his home in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 20, 1983 file photo, a bomb removal robot, remote controlled by police, at left around the corner, carries a briefcase believed to be a bomb to a waiting truck in New York. It turned out that the suitcase held telephone repairman tools. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver)
August 16, 2017 - 8:54 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one. From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated — and worried —...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000 file photo, visitors of the world exhibition Expo 2000 stand in front of a robot display at the "Planet of Visions" exhibit at the Expoground in Hanover, northern Germany. Use of robotics in manufacturing and other sectors is increasing in countries from the United States and China, and robots have long been embraced for a variety of uses in countries such as Japan. There also has long been “robophobia,” stoked by science fiction writers and moviemakers. (AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)
August 16, 2017 - 12:09 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one. From science fiction written by Isaac Asimov eight decades ago to "Dilbert" cartoons today, the relationship between robots and humans has long fascinated — and worried —...
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