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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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