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Johnson says ‘Baywatch’ is summer’s ‘sexiest, funniest’ pic

LAS VEGAS (AP) — CinemaCon just got a little less dressed. The cast of “Baywatch” took the stage Tuesday afternoon alongside around two dozen scantily clad men and women sporting the classic red bathing suits to preview the film. Star Dwayne Johnson told the audience of theater owners and exhibitors that their movie is going to be the craziest, sexiest, ... Read More »

Movie studios look to young, diverse audiences for growth

John Fithian

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The future of Hollywood movies is in the hands of young and diverse audiences. At CinemaCon Tuesday, studio executives and representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners touted the importance of both groups in growing the movie business. Higher ticket prices helped push the motion picture industry to a record box office total in North ... Read More »

Family files lawsuit in Canadian filmmaker’s Keys dive death

Rob Stewart

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist who died during a shark filming excursion off the Florida Keys filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday. Rob Stewart, 37, of Toronto, Canada, died in January off Islamorada, Florida, while filming a follow-up to his 2006 documentary “Sharkwater,” which examined the impact of shark hunting on the ocean’s ecosystem. ... Read More »

Darlene Cates, the mother in ‘Gilbert Grape,’ dies at 69

NEW YORK (AP) —   Darlene Cates, who played the housebound mother in the 1993 film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” has died. Cates died in her sleep Sunday morning at her home in Forney, Texas, according to her son-in-law, David Morgan. She was 69.   Cates was cast in the film as the morbidly obese mother of Johnny Depp, in the ... Read More »

Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

Ken Burns

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he and two partners will make a two-part, four-hour film about the former heavyweight champ, who died last June. Burns, his daughter Sarah and David McMahon collaborated for a PBS documentary on Jackie Robinson that debuted last year. The tentative ... Read More »

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Israel’s pious ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long chafed at public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women. Now even animated characters appear to be a no-go. The PR company promoting “Smurfs: The Lost Village” movie, which opens Thursday in Israel, says it has removed the images of Smurfette ... Read More »

‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Blade Runner’ footage kicks off CinemaCon

Tom Holland

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out. Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.’s more seasoned Tony Stark. The film, out July 7, picks up with Holland’s Peter Parker returning to high school ... Read More »

Box Office Top 20: ‘Beauty’ adds $90.4 million in weekend 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” performed even better than expected in its second weekend in theaters, adding $90.4 million to its North American grosses, which now tally at $319 million. “Beauty and the Beast” easily topped the crop of newcomers, including Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” which got off to a solid start with $40 million and ... Read More »

Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country’s first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72. Kaufmann died in Munich after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency Tuesday. Born in 1945, Kaufmann made her acting debut in 1952 and won ... Read More »

Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

David O. Russell, Jim Gianopulos

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, turning to the former Fox chief to revive the flagging movie studio. Gianopulos will succeed Paramount’s former chairman, Brad Grey, who was ousted in February. Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish said Monday that Gianopulos will be able to deliver the recovery ... Read More »