Animation and comics

Mickey Mouse waves to members of the media at the Disney Legends press line during the 2019 D23 Expo, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
August 24, 2019 - 1:47 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ewan McGregor is reprising his "Star Wars" role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a new series, one of the many splashy projects that Disney is banking on to make its new streaming platform competitive. The as-yet untitled Disney Plus show drew big cheers when it was announced Friday at...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2018 file photo, a woman reacts to a Peppa Pig mascot during the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing, China. Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig. The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd, a British entertainment company that produces "Peppa Pig," "PJ Masks" and other animated shows for preschoolers. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan. File)
August 22, 2019 - 6:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hasbro is going whole hog on Peppa Pig. The maker of Monopoly and GI Joe will pay about $4 billion to buy Entertainment One Ltd., a British entertainment company that produces "Peppa Pig," ''PJ Masks" and other animated shows for preschoolers. "Peppa Pig," which stars a pink cartoon...
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August 17, 2019 - 11:01 am
LONDON (AP) — Richard Williams, an Oscar-winning animator whose work on the bouncing cartoon bunny in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" helped blur the boundaries between the animated world and our own, has died in England. He was 86. Williams had cancer but he "was still animating and writing till the day...
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FILE - In this May 21, 1956, file photo, the fireball of a hydrogen bomb lights the Pacific sky a few seconds after the bomb was released over Bikini Atoll. A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of radiation by U.S. government research from 1946 to 1958, The Pacific Daily News reported Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (AP Photo, File)
August 17, 2019 - 12:27 am
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under scrutiny by Marshall Islanders who were exposed to high levels of...
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August 05, 2019 - 7:37 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime composer of "The Simpsons" has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability. The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for age discrimination,...
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August 05, 2019 - 7:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The beloved "Angelina Ballerina" picture books series is getting an encore. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing announced Monday that a reissue of the original book, "Angelina Ballerina," comes out this month, with more reissues and new releases to follow. The series by...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, a view of a festival sign appears on Day 1 of the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. TIFF organizers announced Tuesday, July 23, 2019, that the upcoming festival will include the premieres of the superhero film “Joker,” a Mister Rogers biopic starring Tom Hanks and “Hustlers,” a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers, with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
July 23, 2019 - 10:04 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An origin story about the Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, a Mr. Rogers biopic with Tom Hanks and a film about strippers scamming Wall Street bankers with Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are among the films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF...
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FILE - This file image released by Disney shows, from left, young Simba, voiced by JD McCrary, Timon, voiced by Billy Eichner, and Pumbaa, voiced by Seth Rogen, in a scene from "The Lion King." The Walt Disney Co. is ruling the box office again with the record-breaking debut of “The Lion King” this weekend. The studio says Sunday, July 21, 2019 that the photorealistic remake devoured an estimated $185 million in ticket sales from 4,725 North American locations. It’s a record for the month of July, PG-rated films and the ninth highest opening of all time.(Disney via AP, File)
July 21, 2019 - 5:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If there was any doubt that the 2019 box office belonged to the Walt Disney Co., this weekend put an end to it. Not only did its photorealistic remake of "The Lion King" devour opening weekend records for the month of July and PG-rated films, but "Avengers: Endgame" also crept...
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Pedestrians walk past a makeshift memorial set up to honor the victims of Thursday's fire at the Kyoto Animation Studio building, Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 21, 2019 - 3:32 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio, officials said Sunday. Kyoto police said they are ready to arrest Shinji Aoba, 41, on arson and murder allegations. Aoba is accused...
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Director Taika Waititi hands the Thor hammer to Natalie Portman during the "Thor Love And Thunder" portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
July 20, 2019 - 11:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" may have closed a chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the blockbuster factory is not slowing down and only expanding in scope and diversity. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige led a marathon presentation at San Diego Comic-Con Saturday night,...
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