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'Evangelion' movies get special 4D theater screenings

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Superfans of the "Evangelion" franchise will tell you that the most rewarding way to watch it is with complete and laser-focused concentration. The anime franchise is so dense with layered themes and religious references that giving the on-screen events and dialogue anything less than your complete and undivided attention will keep… Read

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'Sesame Street' launches a podcast to help educate kids

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What has more letters than the alphabet? That's easy: The post office. That joke — sponsored by the letter A — is a highlight of the first original podcast from “Sesame Street,” featuring music, interactive games and Muppets galore. “The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends” is an offering… Read

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Robert Redford's son, James Redford, dies at 58

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James Redford, a filmmaker, activist and son of actor Robert Redford, has died at age 58. The legendary actor's publicist, Cindi Berger, told AFP that the 84-year-old was "mourning with his family during this difficult time and asks for privacy." "The grief is immeasurable with the loss of a child.… Read

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'Rebecca' proves to be the novel that keeps on giving

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Daphne du Maurier's beloved novel “Rebecca” has seen multiple screen adaptations but the director of the latest film version believes his may be the closest to the 1938 book. The thriller about a young, naive woman who marries an older aristocrat but finds herself in the shadow of his late… Read

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Jeff Bridges says he has lymphoma

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U.S. film star Jeff Bridges announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer that starts in the body's infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes. Bridges, 70, who is best known for his role as a tipsy slacker in the Coen brothers' cult classic "The Big Lebowski," did… Read

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Maisa Tsuno of Japanese rock band Akaiko-en dies in apparent suicide

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Maisa Tsuno, a member of popular Japanese rock band Akaiko-en, has died, the group's agency said Monday, with police suspecting suicide. The 29-year-old guitarist and songwriter for the four-member female band was taken to a hospital on Sunday morning, where she was later pronounced dead. A person who went to… Read

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Hayao Miyazaki makes rare video appearance to check out Ghibli Museum’s revamped cafe

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For as much as the global entertainment media loves Hayao Miyazaki, he doesn’t spend all that much time at press conferences and promotional events. Generally, the legendary anime director focuses on creating the story and art of his next great animated work, and leaves it to fellow company co-founder and producer… Read

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Netflix previews 'Ma Rainey' and Boseman's final performance

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Netflix on Monday previewed George C Wolfe's August Wilson adaptation “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” showcasing Chadwick Boseman's final performance opposite Viola Davis' powerhouse blues singer. The film, shot last year, was already one of the year's most anticipated, coming as the next chapter in Denzel Washington's ongoing project to turn… Read

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Why blonde-haired, blue-eyed Sailor Moon is neither white nor Japanese

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Earlier this year, a Twitter storm erupted over drawings of Japan’s eternal anime superheroine, Sailor Moon (セーラームーン). A redraw of the blonde-haired character that gave her Asian facial features drew rapt approval from Twitter users writing in English, before a swift backlash from Japanese and other Asian users who decried… Read

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Disney's 'Peter Pan,' 'Aristocats,' 'Dumbo' get racism advisories

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Classic Disney animated movies "Peter Pan," "The Aristocrats" and "Dumbo" have been given content advisory notices warning viewers that they contain outdated or stereotyped depictions of people of color. The advisories, the latest example of Hollywood's reckoning with racism, come in the form of a short graphic on the Disney… Read

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