Entertainment industry

July 14, 2019 - 1:26 pm
Scarlett Johansson says comments she made on the "authentic casting" debate have been taken out of context and asserts that she supports diversity in film. The actress came under fire in 2017 for playing an Asian character in "Ghost in the Shell" and canceled plans last year to portray a...
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A passer-by watches a TV news reporting Johnny Kitagawa's passing away in Tokyo Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Kitagawa, who produced famous boybands including Arashi and SMAP and was a kingpin of Japan’s entertainment industry for more than half a century, has died Tuesday from a subarachnoid hemorrhage at a Tokyo hospital. He was 87. (Kyodo News via AP)
July 10, 2019 - 4:06 am
TOKYO (AP) — Johnny Kitagawa, a kingpin of Japan's entertainment industry for more than half a century who produced famous boybands including Arashi, Tokio and SMAP, has died. He was 87. Kitagawa, better known as Johnny-san, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, where he...
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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo the cast of television's "Friends", from left: Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer appear during the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. AT&T is pulling “Friends” from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, said Tuesday, July 9, 2019, that its service will be called HBO Max. It will launch widely in spring of 2020. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
July 09, 2019 - 7:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is pulling "Friends" from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms. The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also said Tuesday that its...
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July 08, 2019 - 2:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis say they'll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday. They're targeting "Prime Day" — one of Amazon's biggest days of the year — in a continuing push to improve pay and working conditions...
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July 06, 2019 - 2:31 pm
Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP's news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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This undated image provided by Disney/Pixar shows a scene from the movie "Toy Story 4." (Disney/Pixar via AP)
June 30, 2019 - 1:19 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Toy Story 4" hung onto the top spot in its second week in theaters and the horror sequel "Annabelle Comes Home" opened in line with expectations, but the Cinderella story of the weekend was actually the third place movie: "Yesterday." The Danny Boyle-directed musical romantic...
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Academy award winning actor Nicolas Cage poses for the media at a news conference for his new film Jiu Jitsu being filmed on the eastern Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, in the Cypriot capital Nicosia on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Cage said the film which is a fusion of the action and science fiction genres which he has admired and grew up with drew him to the project. He said Cyprus had a "good spirit" for him which he said informs his performance. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
June 29, 2019 - 3:50 pm
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A veteran Hollywood movie producer said Saturday that Cyprus' aspirations to become an international film destination hinge on whether authorities can deliver on a pledge to provide cash rebates and tax exemptions to filmmakers. Martin Barab said that his new, $27.5 million-...
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This undated image released by WarnerMedia shows BBC executive Ann Sarnoff who was named CEO of of WarnerMedia. Sarnoff replaces former studio chief Kevin Tsujihara, who departed in March over misconduct allegations. She is the first woman to lead the 96-year-old Warner Bros. company. (WarnerMedia via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 1:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — BBC executive Ann Sarnoff was named chief of Warner Bros. on Monday, making her the first woman to head the movie studio in its 96-year history. Her appointment follows the departure in March of Kevin Tsujihara, who stepped down after misconduct allegations. WarnerMedia chief...
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Tom Hanks, left, poses with his character Woody as he arrives at the world premiere of "Toy Story 4" on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the El Capitan in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 23, 2019 - 2:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — "Toy Story 4" brought the box office to life with a $118 million opening weekend after a three-week slump of underperforming sequels, but the Pixar film's below-expectations debut didn't quell continuing concerns about a rocky summer movie season. The "Toy Story 4" opening,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, holds a news conference about film incentives with Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe, second from left, and others in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states and expanded incentives. The Albuquerque Journal reports a recent rise in film productions in the state as Hollywood targets Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive abortion laws. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
June 15, 2019 - 8:34 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states and expanded incentives. A recent spike in film production in the state comes as Hollywood targets both Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive...
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