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'The Lion King' rules and 'Endgame' scores all-time record

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 past "Avatar" to become the highest-grossing film of all time.


'Avengers: Endgame' has passed 'Avatar' as biggest film ever

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The global box office has a new king in "Avengers: Endgame."


Portman is Thor, Ali is Blade and more from Marvel's Phase 4

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.


Ali called Marvel about 'Blade' after 'Green Book' win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mahershala Ali made the first move with Marvel Studios and "Blade." Comic-Con audiences learned on Saturday night that Ali would be playing the Marvel Comics character in a reboot.


Police say man who stabbed Hong Kong actor is schizophrenic

BEIJING (AP) — Police in southern China said the man who stabbed veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam at an event suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.


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The Latest: Marvel boss says Mahershala Ali is 'Blade'

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on developments at San Diego Comic-Con (all times local):


Putin: Russians, Ukrainians are 'one people'

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes Russians and Ukrainians constitute one nation and that the countries should find a way to integrate.


Russo brothers field questions from Avengers at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Avengers: Endgame" directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday.


Universal to release 2 new films in its 'Halloween' saga

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal says it will release two new "Halloween" films, including one with the ominous title "Halloween Ends."


Hamilton, Schwarzenegger tease R-rated 'Terminator' sequel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Leave the kids at home, "Terminator: Dark Fate" is getting an R-rating.


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The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope.


'The Lion King' roars into theaters

 Disney's live-action update of "The Lion King" roars into theaters this weekend.


David Crosby opens up in new documentary 'Remember My Name'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Crosby has turned down no fewer than four biopics about his life. None of them captured the scope of his turbulent life.


Deneuve, Hawke film 'The Truth' to open Venice Film Festival

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 76TH Venice Film Festival is opening with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "The Truth."


Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

TOKYO (AP) — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series.


A Japanese fire official says the death toll at the Kyoto anime studio fire is 33, nobody else is believed to be missing

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese fire official says the death toll at the Kyoto anime studio fire is 33, nobody else is believed to be missing.


'It: Chapter Two' cast talks intense shoot at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "It: Chapter Two" is not taking it easy on the grown losers' club if the new trailer is any indication, and the shoot itself doesn't sound much calmer than battling a demonic clown either.


Fans descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.


'Lion King' composer Hans Zimmer finds circle of life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Composer Hans Zimmer can't seem to get away from "The Lion King."


'Game of Thrones' reigns with record 32 Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO's "Game of Thrones" slashed its way to a record-setting 32 Emmy nominations Tuesday for its eighth and final season, leading HBO back to dominance over Netflix, the streaming service that bumped it last year from atop the increasingly crowded television heap.


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