Animation and comics

FILE - In this April 16, 2002, file photo, Stan Lee, 79, creator of comic-book franchises such as "Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and "X-Men," smiles during a photo session in his office in Santa Monica, Calif. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
November 12, 2018 - 7:06 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. Lee was declared dead at Cedars-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, award recipient, President of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios Ed Catmull arrives at the 81st Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Catmull, the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since 2006, is retiring next year. The Walt Disney Company says Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, that the 73-year-old Pixar co-founder will remain in an advisory role through July 2019. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)
October 23, 2018 - 7:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ed Catmull, the president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios since 2006, is retiring next year. The Walt Disney Company says Tuesday that the 73-year-old Pixar co-founder will remain in an advisory role through July 2019. Robert Iger, Disney's chairman and CEO, said in a...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, former NBA basketball all-star Kobe Bryant gestures as he moderates a panel about youth sports during the Aspen Institute's Project Play Summit in Washington. Kobe Bryant has been dropped from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star’s ouster over a 2003 rape allegation. The CEO of the organization behind the Animation Is Film Festival said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 that the festival’s stakeholders decided to drop Bryant to keep its focus on films.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 17, 2018 - 7:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation. Eric Beckman the CEO of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move. "After discussions...
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October 10, 2018 - 2:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T and WarnerMedia are joining the ever-expanding list of companies offering a streaming video service. They say the service due to launch in late 2019 will include films, TV shows, documentaries, animation and other offerings. No pricing was announced. It's the second product...
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This image released by Sony Pictures shows a scene from "Venom." (Sony Pictures via AP)
October 07, 2018 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In a weekend of perfect counterprogramming for Hollywood, the comic-book movie "Venom" shrugged off bad reviews to shatter the October box-office record with an $80 million debut, while Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" soared to $41.3 million. With $174.5 million in tickets sold at...
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October 05, 2018 - 12:48 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Will Vinton, an Oscar-winning animator who invented Claymation, a style of stop-motion animation, and brought the California Raisins to TV, has died in Oregon. He was 70. Citing a family statement, The Oregonian reported that Vinton died Thursday following a lengthy battle...
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Tiffany Haddish arrives at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
September 18, 2018 - 12:03 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 70th prime-time Emmy Awards being presented Monday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles (all times local): 9 p.m. Katt Williams was in awe as he approached the trophy table to pick up his Emmy for guest actor in a comedy series. He circled to the...
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September 14, 2018 - 6:51 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Hurricane Florence has grounded the Falcon. Anthony Mackie, the actor who has played the superhero in Marvel movies, canceled a scheduled appearance at Comic Con Africa in South Africa because of the storm making landfall on the U.S. east coast. "I'm so sorry I couldn't make it...
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Tiffany Haddish attends the NYFW Spring/Summer 2019 Brandon Maxwell fashion show at Classic Car Club Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
September 09, 2018 - 3:44 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish led an African-American sweep of Emmy Awards for TV series guest actors, a landmark moment in the entertainment industry's effort to foster diversity. Haddish was honored at Saturday's creative arts Emmys for hosting "Saturday Night Live," while Katt Williams won...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The diversity crisis in Hollywood may rage on, but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is trying to open up access to the entertainment business for people from underrepresented communities. Academy Gold, an inclusive film academy internship program that just wrapped its second summer, helps students learn the ropes of the entertainment business and get a foot in the door before college graduation. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
August 08, 2018 - 5:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning...
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