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‘Snakes on a Plane’ director David R. Ellis dies

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In this July 21, 2006 file photo, actor Samuel L. Jackson, left, poses outside with director David R. Ellis at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Ellis' manager, David Gardner, confirmed his death Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, but declined to provide additional details. Ellis' directing credits included "Snakes on a Plane," "Shark Night 3D,” “The Final Destination,” “Cellular” “Final Destination 2,” among other films. (AP Photo/Chris Park, File)

“Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis has died. He was 60 years old.

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Concern over Oscar voting extends deadline

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Growing concern that problems with the new electronic Oscar voting system could lead to record-low turnout has prompted the motion picture academy to extend the deadline for members to vote for Oscar nominations.

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Disney defends new Hispanic-influenced princess

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This undated publicity photo released by Disney Junior, shows the character Princess Sofia, right, who stars in a TV animated movie titled "Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess," airing Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the Disney Channel. The primetime television movie special stars Ariel Winter ("Modern Family") as the voice of Sofia, Sara Ramirez ("Grey's Anatomy") as her mother, Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal") as Clover, a wise-talking Rabbit; and Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") as Baileywick, the family's Royal Steward. (AP Photo/Disney Junior)

The Walt Disney Co. is defending its newest princess following a backlash over her Hispanic-influenced ethnicity.

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Ansari, Goodwin keep Emmy rehearsals casual

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Workers move an Emmy statue as preparations are underway for the 64th annual Emmy Awards, outside the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, California September 19, 2012. The Emmy, a statuette of a winged woman holding an atom, will be awarded for excellence in television at the Emmy Awards on September 23, 2012.  AFP / Robyn Beck

The Emmy Awards were still a day away, but the Nokia Theatre was already abuzz Saturday as celebrities popped in to run through their lines for Sunday’s ceremony.

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‘Possession’ remains No. 1 at weak box office

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 28: (L-R) Actors Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matisyahu arrive at the Premiere of Lionsgate Films' "The Possession" at ArcLight Cinemas on August 28, 2012 in Hollywood, California.   Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

“The Possession” occupied the top spot at a nearly comatose box office. The fright flick with Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan playing the parents of a girl possessed by a demon earned $9.5 million in its second outing, the lowest grossing weekend for the box office this year and one of the worst weekends at the box office in a decade. It marked the first time since 2008 that no film managed to crack the $10 million mark.

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Rotten Tomatoes suspends comments on ‘Dark Knight’

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This undated film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, left, and Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in a scene from the action thriller "The Dark Knight Rises." AP/Warner Bros. Pictures, Ron Phillips

The aggregating Web site RottenTomatoes.com suspended user comments on movie reviews of “The Dark Knight Rises” after commenters reacted harshly to negative reviews of the film and made profane and threatening remarks about the critics who wrote them.

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Horror and sci-fi movie actor Richard Lynch dies

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An actor who employed his scarred face to play villainous characters in such films as “Bad Dreams” and “The Sword and the Sorcerer” has died. Richard Lynch was 76.

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Aniston crowned dirtbag at MTV Movie Awards

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Jennifer Aniston is being rewarded for being bad at the MTV Movie Awards.

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Joshua Ledet continues to impress on ‘Idol’

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Joshua Ledet earned another pair of standing ovations on “American Idol.”

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Films, books inspired murderers

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NO PAROLE FOR MANSON. Debra Tate, sister of murdered actress Sharon Tate, cries at a news conference as she recalls her feelings of relief upon learning that Charles Manson would be denied parole, after she testified at a parole hearing for Manson at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, Calif., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The panel denied parole for mass murderer Manson, 77, in his 12th and possibly final bid for freedom. Tate testified that Mason has shown no remorse for his crimes and should not be granted parole. AP/Tracie Cone

Life imitates art—no matter how ugly. The world was reminded of this on Thursday when Anders Behring Breivik told an Oslo court that the popular military game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” and the online role-playing game “World of Warcraft” helped condition him for his shooting rampage that killed 77 people last summer in Oslo and at a youth camp on Utoya island.

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Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber win Teen Choice Awards

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Justin Bieber at the Teen Choice Awards. AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

LOS ANGELES— Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards — one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber. The star of “Wizards of Waverly Place” was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene. Gomez and her ensemble were also awarded the choice single trophy for “Who [...]

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Last ‘American Idol’ finalist booted before finale

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LOS ANGELES—”American Idol” finalist Haley Reinhart won’t be growling on this season’s final showdown. The bluesy 20-year-old vocalist best known for her signature singing snarl, was revealed Thursday to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest, leaving deep-voiced 17-year-old singer Scotty McCreery and soaring 16-year-old songbird Lauren Alaina to compete on [...]

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