Animation and comics

FILE- In this Sept. 4, 2017, file photo, Jessica Nowan, left and Caitlin Grandstaff, right, stand in line for the Salt Lake Comic Con at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City. There is a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions in California and Utah who are battling over rights to use the phrase "comic con." (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
December 08, 2017 - 7:23 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on a court battle between rival pop-culture conventions over the phrase "comic con." (all times local): 5 p.m. A jury is siding with San Diego Comic-Con in a court battle with a rival pop-culture convention in Utah over naming rights to the phrase "comic con." Salt Lake...
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FILE - In a Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, for 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)
December 08, 2017 - 9:44 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The video was viewed millions of times around the world. It was blurry, frenzied and chilling: An unarmed black man ran from a white officer, who shot him five times in the back. On Thursday, relatives of that fleeing motorist described the pain of reliving Walter Scott's...
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This Aug. 24, 2015 photo released by Lesley Bohm Photography shows voice actor Rob Paulsen, best known for his work on animated TV series including “Animaniacs,” “Pinky and the Brain” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Paulsen helps lift the spirits of seriously ill children by entertaining them with their favorite characters’ voices. He says that helped put his own health crisis, a diagnosis of throat cancer last year, in perspective. (Lesley Bohm via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 4:49 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A conversation with veteran voice actor Rob Paulsen includes happy interruptions by Pinky, Ninja Turtles and even a touch of David Tennant. Paulsen's creativity and fluid ability to shift pitch, cadence and accents have earned him steady work since he decided to put animated...
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FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Even though the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and his company’s name has been erased from its best Oscar shot this year (“Wind River”), Weinstein will be ubiquitous in absentia. The ongoing sexual harassment scandals have colored every phase of awards season so far. But whether they will ultimately shape who wins is another question. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
December 07, 2017 - 9:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there's some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry. Best supporting actor? That's where Kevin Spacey was once considered a contender. Now he's been scrubbed from Ridley Scott's "...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2012, file photo, a stray dog, called by protesters Loukanikos (Sausage), barks to a motorcyclist policeman as high school students block the avenue outside the Greek Parliament during an anti-austerity protest in Athens. A film by Australia's Mary Zournazi, "Dogs of Democracy," highlights the life and times Loukanikos. He became a symbol of the anti-austerity protests in Greece after showing up to stand alongside the humans on the front lines. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)
December 06, 2017 - 1:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The creator of a film festival celebrating dogs has taken a surprising step: cats. But Tracie Hotchner, a pet wellness advocate via books, podcasts and radio shows, isn't going full-on "Ghostbusters" — "dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria!" She's screening a medley of...
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This image released by Netflix shows Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in "Marvel's The Punisher," one of the many series based on comic books, currently streaming on Netflix. (Jessica Miglio/Netflix via AP)
December 05, 2017 - 2:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — When "Marvel's The Punisher" debuted on Netflix last month, it was greeted with great interest and high anticipation. But it arrived as just one of many comic-book adaptations. "The Punisher" is only the latest in a flood now comprising some 28 shows across nine broadcast, cable and...
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December 04, 2017 - 5:40 am
BERLIN (AP) — This winter's Berlin International Film Festival will open with a world premiere of Wes Anderson's new animated film, "Isle of Dogs." Festival organizers said Monday that Anderson's movie will open the event's 68th edition on Feb. 15. It features the voices of Edward Norton, Bill...
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FILE - In this June 23, 2010 file photo, Aladdin and Genie perform in "Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular" at Disney's California Adventure park in Anaheim, Calif. "Coco" is earning praise from Mexican American audiences for its portrayal of Mexican culture and the holiday, "Day of the Dead." But Disney productions haven't always acquired acclaim for their portrayal of ethnic minorities. Some popular films have been attacked for reinforcing stereotypes or for simply being racist. The 1992 "Aladdin" film generated protest for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for its opening song, "Arabian Nights." (Joshua Sudock/Orange County Register via AP, File)
November 29, 2017 - 5:29 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — "Coco" is earning praise from Mexican American audiences for its portrayal of Mexican culture and the holiday, "Day of the Dead." The Disney-Pixar animated production hauled in an estimated $72.9 million over the five-day weekend and features an almost entirely Latino cast...
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This image released by Amazon shows Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, left, and Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." (Nicole Rivelli/Amazon via AP)
November 28, 2017 - 9:29 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Midge Maisel has everything she imagined as a New York City woman in 1958: perfect husband, two cute kids and a "classic six" apartment on Riverside Drive. Then, by chance, Midge scratches an itch she never dreamed she had when she unleashes her robust comic sensibility on the stage...
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In this image released by Disney-Pixar, character Hector, voiced by Gael Garcia Bernal, left, and Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez, appear in a scene from the animated film, "Coco." (Disney-Pixar via AP)
November 27, 2017 - 6:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Riding strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences, Pixar's "Coco" opened with $50.8 million over the weekend and $72.9 million since opening Wednesday, according to final box-office figures Monday. Centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), "...
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