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  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
This image released by Disney shows, from left, Duke Weselton, voiced by Alan Tudyk, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, and Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

"Frozen" favorites Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are headed back to the big screen in a new short film.

Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Wednesday it plans to show "Frozen Fever" in front of the live-action "Cinderella" that opens in theaters March 13.

The short reunites the Oscar-winning directing team from "Frozen": Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. It will tell the story of Elsa and Kristoff's attempt to plan a birthday party for Anna.

"Frozen" is the fifth-highest grossing film of all time, with over $1.27 billion worldwide, and it continues to resonate with audiences.

Disney has had massive success with live-action updates of its animated classics, including 2014's "Maleficent." But the promise of a "Frozen" short with "Cinderella" will likely prove to be icing on their fairy tale cake.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
This image released by Netflix shows Kevin Spacey, as Francis Underwood, left, and Molly Parker, as Jackie Sharp, in a scene from "House of Cards." (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Americans are turning away from live TV on the tube and tuning in to streaming services, a Nielsen report says.

That's bad news for cable and satellite TV providers. Americans are increasingly watching TV shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and other services. CBS and HBO have announced standalone streaming services as well.

About 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.

According to the Nielsen report, which came out Wednesday, the average daily time spent watching live TV fell 12 minutes in the third quarter to four hours and 32 minutes. That means it dropped nearly 4 percent to 141 hours per month.

Meanwhile, time spent watching streaming services jumped 60 percent to nearly 11 hours each month.

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  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Rani Vaz, sr. VP/director of music and radio, BBDO.
NEW YORK -- 

The Association of Music Producers has announced plans to hold the 3rd Annual AMP Awards for Music and Sound at City Winery in New York, returning to the site of 2014’s acclaimed, sold-out show. The event is set for Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

In just two years the AMP Awards has become the music industry’s signature event honoring outstanding achievement in music and sound for advertising, branding and media.  With 11 unique categories and creation of the AMP Awards Hall of Fame, the event has brought together professionals from the music, advertising, marketing and entertainment worlds to celebrate the best of the best.  Prior inductees into the AMP Awards Hall of Fame have included such pioneering brands as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Budweiser and Nike.

“We’re very excited to be bringing the AMP Awards back to City Winery for 2015,” said Marlene Bartos, president of AMP and executive producer at Yessian More

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Will Smith arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Will Smith, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy are suiting up for DC Comics' supervillain team-up film "Suicide Squad."

Warner Bros. confirmed the much anticipated casting of the film in an announcement Tuesday. Smith will star as Deadshot, Hardy will play the group's leader, Rick Flagg, and Leto will take on the Joker, following in Heath Ledger's footsteps. The rest of the gang will be Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn; Jai Courtney as Boomerang; and Cara Delevinge as Enchantress.

David Ayer, who recently released the World War II tank thriller "Fury," will write and direct.

"Suicide Squad" is to be released in August 2016.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
In this Feb. 7, 2008 file photo, Mick Jagger, left, of The Rolling Stones and U.S. director Martin Scorsese, right, arrive during the opening of the Berlinale film festival in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

HBO has given the go-ahead to a series about the music scene in 1970s New York, written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter and including Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger as executive producers.

Jagger's son, James, is featured as the lead singer of the fictional punk rock band Nasty Bits. Mick Jagger famously sang about late 1970s New York in the Rolling Stones song "Shattered."

The story is told through the eyes of a record company president, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is searching for the next big thing in the era of punk and disco. Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Andrew "Dice" Clay, Bo Dietl and Jack Quaid are also featured.

HBO also didn't have an estimate Tuesday on when the new series, currently untitled, may be ready.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
In this Nov. 06, 2014 file photo, Oscar Isaac arrives at 2014 AFI Fest - "A Most Violent Year" event in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Oscar Isaac is as wowed by the new "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" trailer as are its fans.

Isaac, one of the stars of the highly anticipated sequel, said the trailer was "pretty mind-blowing" during an appearance at Monday night's Gotham Independent Film Awards.

"I shot (the film) this summer and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life," the actor, who was nominated for a Gotham award for his role in "A Most Violent Year," told The Associated Press.

But when it came time to discuss the particulars of his character, Isaac was not about to reveal anything — including rumors that he's playing the son of Princess Leia and Han Solo.

"That's what you got from the trailer?" Isaac asked. "Hey, you run with that buddy. You take that and run with it."

When asked if he was Luke Skywalker's son, he laughed.

"I can't say a word. What are you doing? I'm not going to tell you . More

  • Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
In this May 12, 2011 file photo comedian Bill Cosby attends Temple University's commencement ceremonies in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- 

Bill Cosby resigned Monday as a trustee of Temple University following a string of allegations that accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting women over many years.

The 77-year-old entertainer has been a high-profile cheerleader for his beloved alma mater in Philadelphia and a board member since 1982.

"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees," Cosby said in a statement released by the university.

Board chairman Patrick O'Connor, who accepted Cosby's resignation, told The Associated Press that Cosby does not want to be a distraction to the board.

"The Board of Trustees accepts Dr. Cosby's resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university," the More

  • Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- 

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Sony's corporate email and other internal systems were knocked offline, according to reports by Variety and other trade publications. Sony workers reportedly saw a message appear on their computer screens that said "Hacked by #GOP," which may be the initials of a group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Copies of some unreleased Sony films such as "Still Alice," ''Annie," ''Mr. Turner," and "To Write Love on Her Arms" are now being distributed on unauthorized file-sharing websites, as well as the still-in-theaters "Fury," although a direct connection to the hacking hasn't been confirmed.

Culver City, California-based Sony Pictures said in a statement Monday that it is continuing "to work through issues related to what was clearly More

  • Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
This April 6, 2014 file photo shows Bob Baker, who founded The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, leading a parade as the Grand Marshall during the "Million Puppet March'' in Santa Monica, Calif. Baker, the founder of one of America’s oldest puppet theaters, has died. He was 90. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theaters, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.

The cause of death was kidney failure, his biographer, Gregory Williams, said.

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater captivated children and adults with its ornate wooden puppets and props. The theater was a vestige of the days when marionettes were widely used on stage and television and playhouses dotted the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

"He really contributed to the continuation of puppetry as an art," Williams told The Associated Press on Friday. "With the digital age, it's going in a different direction. But people still come to it because it's an introduction to theater for young people. It's real-life 3D."

Baker discovered puppetry as a child and described being immediately transformed. "He couldn't talk about anything else when he came home to his mother and he knew More

  • Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
May 18, 2011 file photo of Lars von Trier (AP-file photo)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- 

Provocative Danish director Lars von Trier says he fears he won't make any more movies since sobering up, because his award-winning films were made while intoxicated.

In his first interview in three years, von Trier told Saturday's edition of Danish daily Politiken that he no longer drinks a bottle of vodka a day or takes "narcotics" that had helped him enter "a parallel world."

Because of sobering up, von Trier says: "I don't know whether I can make more films. And that haunts me."

In 2011, the director of "Nymphomaniac" and "Breaking the Waves" was ejected from the Cannes Film Festival after expressing sympathy with Adolf Hitler. He later said he had been joking, and said he would no longer speak in public.

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