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Eli Wallach, veteran character actor, dies at 98

  NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Wallach, the raspy-voiced character actor who starred in dozens of movies and Broadway plays over a remarkable and enduring career and earned film immortality as a conniving, quick-on-the-draw bandit in the classic Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” has died. He was 98. The actor’s son, Peter [...]

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Zendaya to play R&B idol Aaliyah in TV biopic

  NEW YORK (AP) — Recording artist Zendaya will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime film about the R&B sensation who died in a plane crash at the height of her stardom. The biopic will be filmed this summer and is scheduled to air this fall, the network announced Monday, June 23. It will trace a career that [...]

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Chinese company sets aside ‘Transformer’ dispute

  BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing property developer and Paramount Pictures said Monday, June 23d,  that they have smoothed out a dispute over the new “Transformer” movie and it will be released in China as scheduled. The Beijing Pangu Investment Co. Ltd. said the two sides “have gained mutual trust and reached understanding” after friendly negotiations, days [...]

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Italy Venice Film Festival

  ROME (AP) — For the first time, a composer will lead the international jury at the Venice Film Festival. Organizers said Monday that the jury president this year will be Frenchman Alexandre Desplat, a six-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner. His many credits include the scores for “Godzilla,” “The King’s Speech,” ”Argo” and [...]

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Steve Rossi, 82, of comedy duo Allen & Rossi, dies

  LAS VEGAS (AP) — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other TV variety shows, died Sunday, June 22nd at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told The Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the [...]

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French composer to head Venice film festival jury

    ROME (AP) — For the first time, a composer will lead the international jury at the Venice Film Festival. Organizers said Monday, June 23rd,  that the jury president this year will be Frenchman Alexandre Desplat, a six-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner. His many credits include the scores for “Godzilla,” “The King’s [...]

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Cast changes give ‘Transformers’ a fresh start

  HONG KONG (AP) -€” The robots aren’t the only part of the latest “Transformers” film that changed. Led by star Mark Wahlberg, a whole new cast was brought in to give a fresh start to the blockbuster franchise. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” stars Wahlberg as a mechanic who strikes up a friendship with good-guy [...]

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‘Think Like a Man’ tops ‘Jersey Boys’ with $30M

  NEW YORK (AP) — The Las Vegas ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man Too” topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood’s new Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys.” The Kevin Hart sequel “Think Like a Man Too” narrowly edged out “22 [...]

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Chinese company demands edits to ‘Transformers’

  BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing property developer said Saturday it has terminated cooperation with the new “Transformers” movie, wants Paramount Pictures to make edits to it and is asking China to suspend screenings of the blockbuster film. The company owns the Pangu Plaza, a dragon-shaped hotel, office and mall complex that stretches the length [...]

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Zendaya to play R&B idol Aaliyah in TV biopic

  NEW YORK (AP) — Recording artist Zendaya will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime film about the R&B sensation who died in a plane crash at the height of her stardom. The biopic will be filmed this summer and is scheduled to air this fall, the network announced Monday, June 16. It will trace a [...]

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Zendaya says she’s the right fit for Aaliyah role

  NEW YORK (AP) — For anyone concerned about who would play Aaliyah in a film about her life, the girl who earned the role — 17-year-old Zendaya — says it mattered to her, too. “I really want it to be perfect for her and show young people what she was able to do and [...]

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