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Pixar’s ‘Luca’ to Skip Theaters and Debut as Disney+ Exclusive

Pixar’s ‘Luca’ to Skip Theaters and Debut as Disney+ Exclusive

Pixar's "Luca" will skip theaters and debut as an exclusive on Disney+, Disney announced Tuesday along with a slew of other date changes and adjustments to the studio's theatrical release plans. Like "Soul" before it, "Luca" will be available at no additional charge to Disney+ subscribers on June 18, the same day it was originally meant to hit theaters. In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced. The release plans for Pixar's latest are in contrast to the other moves Disney made today for...

Mar 23
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Linda Ronstadt Sells Music Catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group

Linda Ronstadt Sells Music Catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group

Linda Ronstadt has sold her recorded music assets to Iconic Artists Group, the new venture by Irving Azoff. Iconic Artists will partner with Ronstadt and her team, including manager John Boylan and personal assistant Janet Stark on preserving her legacy in the digital era and boost the value of her songs to a new generation of fans. Ronstadt's catalog includes her own hits such as "You're No Good", the duet "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram and "Don't Know Much" with Aaron Neville, as well as covers of songs such as Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," Eagles' "Desperado," and The Everly...

Mar 22
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Dodger Stadium Vaccination Site Shut Down Temporarily Due to Anti-Vax Protestors

Dodger Stadium Vaccination Site Shut Down Temporarily Due to Anti-Vax Protestors

Dodger Stadium's vaccination site, one of the largest vaccination sites in the country, was shut down on Saturday at 2 p.m. as anti-vaccine protestors gathered at the entrance to the ballpark. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Fire Department closed the gates to shut down the site briefly as a precaution, stalling hundreds of vehicles waiting in line to get vaccinated. The line was reopened again around 3 p.m. No violence was reported. "We are aware of social media posts referring to protestors showing up at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site. Preliminary...

Jan 31
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‘The Donut King’ Trailer: This Cambodian Refugee Is Why There Aren’t More Dunkin’ Donuts in California (Video)

‘The Donut King’ Trailer: This Cambodian Refugee Is Why There Aren’t More Dunkin’ Donuts in California (Video)

If you ever wondered why there are so few Dunkin' Donuts shops in California and Los Angeles compared to the rest of the country and why there are dozens of smaller donut shops everywhere, Ted Ngoy aka "The Donut King" is the reason why. Ngoy is a Cambodian refugee who came to American in 1975 and founded an empire of donut shops across the West coast. But as the documentary "The Donut King" about his life shows he cooked up more than round pastries when he got here. "The Donut King" is a documentary by Alice Gu and was an official selection of the canceled 2020 SXSW Film Festival,...

October 21, 2020
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Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans in Film About Making of ‘The Godfather’

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Evans in Film About Making of ‘The Godfather’

Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to play Francis Ford Coppola and producer Robert Evans in a film directed by Barry Levinson about the making of Coppola's 1972 masterpiece "The Godfather." The film "Francis and The Godfather" is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that has been redeveloped with Levinson and dives into how dives into how Coppola and Paramount head Evans studio had very different movies in mind in the process that led to making the film based on Mario Puzo's book. Endeavor Content is handling worldwide rights with FilmNation. Also Read: 'The...

September 30, 2020
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Judd Apatow Says ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’ in Corporate Censorship of Films

Judd Apatow Says ‘China Has Bought Our Silence’ in Corporate Censorship of Films

Judd Apatow is criticizing what he calls "corporate censorship" when it comes to highlighting abuses of power in China and Saudi Arabia, saying that Hollywood's desire to do business there has prevented stories and truths from being told. In a preview of a full interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber for a special called "Mavericks with Ari Melber," the director of "The King of Staten Island" said that films, shows or documentaries get shut down at the pitch phase that are critical of foreign powers and that Hollywood's major corporate entities often remain silent. "They're just not going...

September 15, 2020
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Black Women ‘Missing’ in a Third of 2019’s Top Grossing Films, New USC Report Shows

Black Women ‘Missing’ in a Third of 2019’s Top Grossing Films, New USC Report Shows

Black women and girls were completely absent from at least one third of last year's 100 top-grossing movies, while Asian women were missing from 55 and Latina women did not appear in 71, according to data from USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's annual report released Thursday. The "invisibility analysis" was one of many insights as part of the latest study of 2019's top-grossing films as led by Professor Stacy L. Smith. Dr. Smith demonstrates that while Hollywood has shown improvement in giving representation to women, people of color and LGBT individuals as the lead characters in...

September 10, 2020
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A Joaquin Phoenix Animal Rights Documentary Helped Defuse a Ukraine Hostage Crisis

A Joaquin Phoenix Animal Rights Documentary Helped Defuse a Ukraine Hostage Crisis

A 2005 animal rights documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix called “Earthlings” in part helped Ukrainian officials defuse a tense hostage situation.reported Wednesday that a 12-hour hostage situation ended after a gunman demanded, among other things, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky endorse the documentary, which he did in a now-deleted post to his Facebook.“Everybody watch the 2005 film ‘Earthlings,'” Zelensky said in a post to his Facebook.The documentary, directed by Shaun Monson and narrated by Phoenix, uses hidden camera footage that captures animals suffering and being abused for...

July 22, 2020
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Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Axes 3,500 Employees Worldwide

Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Axes 3,500 Employees Worldwide

Cirque du Soleil has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in order to restructure its capital structure and has been forced to layoff just shy of 3,500 of its employees, the acrobatic entertainment company announced on Monday.The company said that it has brought in zero revenue since COVID-19 forced the French-Canadian circus group to shut down all of its performances, including six in Las Vegas and suspend 44 of its live shows internationally back in March.The cuts of 3,480 employees come from the over 4,600 individuals who were furloughed back in March, with multiple saying that...

June 30, 2020
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Ansel Elgort Accused of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Girl in 2014

Ansel Elgort Accused of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old Girl in 2014

A woman has accused Ansel Elgort, star of Disney’s upcoming Steven Spielberg movie “West Side Story,” of sexually assaulting her in 2014 when she was 17.The woman named Gabby, who did not reveal her last name, tweeted a on Friday and made an unverified claim that the actor, now 26, sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager. Gabby described sobbing and being in pain and said, “I didn’t want to do it the only words that came out of his mouth were ‘we need to break you in.'”Gabby said that in 2014, she direct messaged Elgort letting him know that it would soon be her 17th birthday and...

June 19, 2020
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