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Kelly Asbury, Director of ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’ and ‘Shrek 2,’ Dies at 60

Kelly Asbury, an animator who directed Oscar-nominated films such as “Shrek 2” and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” has died. He was 60.Asbury died Friday morning in Los Angeles following a long battle with abdominal cancer, a representative for Asbury, Nancy Newhouse Porter, told Variety.Asbury, who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation in […]

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‘Puss in Boots’ Sequel Lands ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Director

DreamWorks Animation has tapped “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” director Bob Persichetti for its “Puss in Boots” sequel.The deal was announced Tuesday, two days after “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the Oscar for animated feature for Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller.The original “Puss in Boots” was a spinoff from 2004’s “

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Japan Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins Again as ‘Boss Baby’ Beats DreamWorks Record

Pixar animation “Coco” led the Japanese box office for the second weekend in a row. With Disney distributing, the film made $2.8 million on 224,000 admissions for the April 7-8 frame. In its 24th day on release the film extended its cumulative total to $33 million.Ranking second by earnings was Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the […]

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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Keep Top Spot in Third Weekend, ‘Red Sparrow’ Flying to Second

“Black Panther” remains on fire as Disney-Marvel’s third frame of the superhero tentpole is projected to dominate moviegoing with at least $60 million at 4,020 North American locations.Fox’s opening of Jennifer Lawrence’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow” is heading for a respectable second-place finish of about $20 million at 3,056 sites, while MGM’s launch of Bruce […]

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‘Black Panther’ Moves Past ‘E.T. – The Extraterrestrial’ Domestically in Just Two Weeks

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has topped “E.T. — The Extraterrestrial” to become the 16th-highest domestic release of all time in only two weeks.The superhero tentpole took in $6.6 million at 4,020 North American sites on Thursday to lift its domestic total to $435.4 million. “Black Panther” is $6 million behind “Shrek 2” for the 15th spot.“Black […]

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