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Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' crushes 'crawl,' 'stuber'

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony's "Spider-Man: Far From Home" claimed victory again during its second weekend in theaters, dominating over new releases, Paramount's gator thriller "Crawl" and Disney's R-rated comedy "Stuber."

New 'Lion King' movie lands with a critical whimper

LOS ANGELES The much-anticipated new version of animated movie classic "The Lion King" landed with a whimper rather than a roar on Thursday with critics hailing it as visually impressive but tame in terms of character and storytelling.

Jul 11 2019

Beyonce leads red carpet stars as 'The Lion King' roars back to life

LOS ANGELES Beyonce led the stars behind the voices of "The Lion King" down the red carpet on Tuesday at the world premiere of the remake of the 1994 Disney movie which uses computer-generated imagery to bring a realistic look to Pride Rock. | Video

Music, People Jul 10 2019

Ticket resellers settle New York charges over inflated concert ticket prices

NEW YORK Two companies in the ticket resale industry agreed to pay $1.55 million to settle a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing them of tricking tens of thousands of people into buying tickets for concerts, shows and other live events that they never owned.

U.S., Music, Arts Jul 10 2019

In 'Harry Met Sally' tribute, New York deli invites contestants to 'have what she's having'

In the 1989 movie "When Harry Met Sally," actor Meg Ryan's loud rendition of a woman faking an orgasm while seated at a New York deli stands as one of the most memorable moments in film history.

U.S. Jul 12 2019

Box Office: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' debuts with heroic $185 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Superheroes were once again around to save the day as "Spider-Man: Far From Home" ignited a much-needed boost in the domestic box office. The web-slinging adventure easily dominated in North America, delivering a $185 million debut from 4,636 venues during its first six days in theaters.

Jul 07 2019

Lady Gaga, Letitia Wright among hundreds invited to join film academy

LOS ANGELES The group that hands out the Oscars said on Monday it had invited 842 new members from 59 countries including Lady Gaga, Sterling K. Brown and Letitia Wright as the organization strives to further diversify its ranks.

Jul 01 2019

Box Office: 'Toy Story 4' bests 'Annabelle Comes Home' and 'Yesterday'

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Forky are still ruling the box office. Despite solid debuts from newcomers "Annabelle Comes Home" and "Yesterday," Disney and Pixar's "Toy Story 4" easily dominated North America.

Jun 30 2019

Cuba legalizes independent movie-making

HAVANA Cuba's Communist government on Thursday issued a decree legalizing the country's independent movie industry in a move that should facilitate production, although critics said it fails to resolve issues of censorship and distribution. | Video

World, Cuba, Jun 29 2019

Gig economy hijinks: Uber inspires buddy action comedy 'Stuber'

LOS ANGELES Uber is already known for its global ride-hailing service, food delivery arm, and electric bike rentals. Now it has inspired a comedy action movie. | Video

Jul 09 2019
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British author Rowling says Trump has a right to be bigoted

NEW YORK Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling labeled U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump bigoted after receiving the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York. | Video