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Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

Smurfette is shunned in Israeli ultra-Orthodox city

BNEI BRAK, Israel — Israel's pious ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long chafed at public displays of women, whether the images are of female public figures or ordinary women. Now even animated characters appear to be a no-go.
Review: 'The Zookeeper's Wife' tells a riveting true story

Review: 'The Zookeeper's Wife' tells a riveting true story

In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by giving them shelter and refuge on the zoo grounds.
Box Office Top 20: 'Beauty' adds $90.4 million in weekend 2

Box Office Top 20: 'Beauty' adds $90.4 million in weekend 2

LOS ANGELES — Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" performed even better than expected in its second weekend in theatres , adding $90.4 million to its North American grosses, which now tally at $319 million.
'Spider-Man,' 'Blade Runner' footage kicks off CinemaCon

'Spider-Man,' 'Blade Runner' footage kicks off CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — Iron Man just put Spider-Man in time out. Sony Pictures on Monday unveiled the second trailer for "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at CinemaCon, featuring Tom Holland, the newly anointed web-slinger, being put in his place by Robert Downey Jr.
Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

Gianopulos named new chairman of Paramount Pictures

NEW YORK — Viacom Inc. named Jim Gianopulos the new chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, turning to the former Fox chief to revive the flagging movie studio.
Sour note: Brexit forces orchestra move from UK to Belgium

Sour note: Brexit forces orchestra move from UK to Belgium

LONDON — It's a resonant moment of European cultural harmony: a Swedish soprano and a pan-European orchestra rehearsing a Bach cantata in a medieval English church. With Britain about to leave the European Union, it's also a poignant one.
Expanded audiobook of 'The Handmaid's Tale' coming next week

Expanded audiobook of 'The Handmaid's Tale' coming next week

NEW YORK — Margaret Atwood hasn't quite finished telling "The Handmaid's Tale." The Canadian author has provided additional material for a special audio edition coming out next week exclusively from audio producer and distributor Audible.
Will Smith, 'Fresh Prince' cast enjoy brief reunion

Will Smith, 'Fresh Prince' cast enjoy brief reunion

Will Smith has reunited with his "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" cast mates. Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Smith's Tom Jones-loving cousin Carlton on the 1990s sitcom, posted a picture on Instagram on Monday of the cast getting together.
Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

BERLIN — Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 2-8

April 2: Actress Linda Hunt is 72. Singer Emmylou Harris is 70. Actress Pamela Reed is 68. Drummer Dave Robinson of The Cars is 64. Country singer Buddy Jewell is 56. Actor Christopher Meloni ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit") is 56.