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Marvel’s involvement in ‘Spider Man’ movies may be in doubt

LOS ANGELES ⁠— With great success comes great re-negotiation. In the wake of the announcement that ⁠”Spider-Man: Far From Home⁠” is now the highest-grossing film ever in Sony Pictures’ history, reports surfaced that Marvel Studios may be stepping away from the cross-studio partnership. The Hollywood trade Deadline reported Tuesday that there was a disagreement over the profit-sharing …

Could we be any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans nuts for merch

NEW YORK — If you’re a “Friends” superfan, there are lots of ways to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary on September 22nd. You can see your “Friends” on the big screen⁠— deck out your place with “Friends” furniture ⁠— wear your “Friends” as jewelry. You can even buy the “Friends” Lego set and pretend it’s for your kid. Warner Brothers senior vice-president Maryellen …

Mindy Kaling, ‘Four Weddings’: optimistic without apology

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ⁠— Mindy Kaling is optimistic about life. Got a problem with that? Kaling’s sunny ⁠— yet clear-eyed ⁠— view is on display in her film “Late Night,” in which she stars opposite Emma Thompson, and in the Hulu series “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” Both projects are trademark Kaling: witty and nuanced, and with an embrace of …

Charges dropped against alleged thief of McDormand Oscar

LOS ANGELES ⁠— Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the case against a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar statuette from a 2018 Academy Awards after-party. Terry Bryant’s felony grand theft trial was to begin Tuesday, but Los Angeles prosecutors said in court that they were unable to proceed with the case against the 58-year-old. Superior Court …

Chinese pop stars publicly back Beijing on Hong Kong

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1LyF6qoZ5B/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Ij-SjgTjE/ HONG KONG ⁠— At least eight pop stars from mainland China and one each from Taiwan and Hong Kong are publicly stating their support for Beijing’s one-China policy, eliciting a mixture of disappointment and understanding from fans. Many of the statements came after protesters opposed to Beijing’s growing influence over semi-autonomous Hong Kong removed …

Ending a drought for R-rated comedies, ‘Good Boys’ is No. 1

NEW YORK ⁠— The R-rated comedy, left for dead by some Hollywood studios, again reached No.1 at the box office over the weekend thanks to the raunchy coming-of-age tale “Good Boys,” about a trio of 12-year-olds on a crude misadventure. “Good Boys” surpassed expectations to debut with $21 million, according to studio estimates Sunday, dethroning the “Fast & …

‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ animator Richard Williams has died

LONDON — Richard Williams, a Canadian-British 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. He was 86 years old. The Oscar-winning artist died from cancer at his home in Bristol, England, on Friday, his daughter Natasha Sutton …

‘Easy Rider’ star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

LOS ANGELES — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic “Easy Rider,” died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. “I am very sad,” Jane Fonda said in a statement. …

Jimmy Kimmel named honourary mayor of Dildo, N.L., promises to visit community

I am honored to serve as the first ever Mayor of #Dildo Newfoundland Canada… #JimmyLovesDildo pic.twitter.com/gwaVAhGNNf — Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) August 16, 2019 ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — After weeks broadcasting his passion for Dildo, N.L., late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel was named “honourary mayor” Thursday night and made a commitment to visit the community. A …

Brian Austin Green would’ve skipped straight ‘90210’ reboot

NEW YORK — Brian Austin Green says if Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and the other creators of “BH90210,” had approached him with a standard reboot of the 90s drama, he would’ve said no. “I played David Silver for 10 years and that was enough for me, and they told me this idea and I liked the fact …