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Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Khan has died at 73

One of Egypt's best-known film directors, Mohammed Khan, whose realism shed light on the country's urban landscape since the 1980s, has died. He was 73.

Filmmakers and friends from his generation, including Said Shimi and Yousry Nasrallah, said on social media that he died on Tuesday morning. A funeral was due later in the day.

Educated in Britain before returning to Egypt in the 1960s, Khan's work focused on social realities and often had prominent women protagonists. He rose to fame with the 1983 story of a troubled soccer player, El-Harrif, and his 2013 Factory Girl addressed Egypt's rigid class society.

State-run Al-Ahram daily says Khan was born in Cairo in 1942 to an Egyptian mother and a Pakistani father. He acquired Egyptian nationality through a presidential decree in 2014.

Film company guilty in 'Star Wars' accident that broke leg

A film production company on Tuesday admitted health and safety breaches over an accident on the set of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" that broke the leg of star Harrison Ford.

The actor was struck by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon — his character Han Solo's spaceship — at Pinewood Studios near London in June 2014. He was airlifted to a hospital for surgery.

During a hearing at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court in Britain, prosecutor Andrew Marshall said the door "could have killed somebody" had an emergency stop button not been hit. Britain's Health and Safety Executive said the metal-framed door struck Ford with a power comparable to the weight of a small car.

Foodles Production Ltd, which is owned by the Walt Disney Co., admitted two breaches of health and safety law, although its lawyer, Angus Withington, said Foodles would contest the level of risk involved.

The company will be sentenced next month.

Production on the film was suspended for two weeks after the accident to Ford, who was 71 at the time.

"The Force Awakens" is the seventh installment in the space saga and has taken more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office since its release last year.

Filming is underway on the eighth Star Wars film, directed by Rian Johnson and due for release in 2017.

Box Office Top 20: 'Star Trek Beyond' beams up $59.3 million

"Star Trek Beyond" easily topped the domestic box office in its first weekend in theaters with $59.3 million, but the real winner was "Lights Out," which cost Warner Bros. $5 million to make and landed in third place with $21.7 million out of the gate, studios said Monday.

"Star Trek Beyond," the third film in the rebooted series, cost an estimated $185 million to produce. While its debut was healthy, it is over $10 million shy of the second installment's opening in 2013.

"Ice Age: Collision Course" bombed in its domestic debut with $21.4 million, putting it in fourth place behind "Lights Out," and the more direct competitor, "The Secret Life of Pets," which hung in second place with $29.6 million after three weeks in theaters.

Sony's "Ghostbusters" reboot fell to fifth place with $21 million in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $86.3 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. "Star Trek Beyond," Paramount, $59,253,211, 3,928 locations, $15,085 average, $59,253,211, 1 week.

2. "The Secret Life Of Pets," Universal, $29,607,210, 4,048 locations, $7,314 average, $260,985,955, 3 weeks.

3. "Lights Out," Warner Bros., $21,688,103, 2,818 locations, $7,696 average, $21,688,103, 1 week.

4. "Ice Age: Collision Course," 20th Century Fox, $21,373,064, 3,992 locations, $5,354 average, $21,373,064, 1 week.

5. "Ghostbusters," Sony, $21,009,831, 3,963 locations, $5,301 average, $86,266,570, 2 weeks.

6. "Finding Dory," Disney, $7,234,806, 2,576 locations, $2,809 average, $460,213,925, 6 weeks.

7. "The Legend of Tarzan," Warner Bros., $6,576,417, 2,844 locations, $2,312 average, $115,970,501, 4 weeks.

8. "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," 20th Century Fox, $4,385,285, 2,137 locations, $2,052 average, $40,343,032, 3 weeks.

9. "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," Quality Flix, $3,964,646, 1,217 locations, $3,258 average, $4,056,170, 2 weeks.

10. "Kabali (Tamil & Telugu)," Cinegalaxy, $3,899,441, 240 locations, $16,248 average, $3,899,441, 1 week.

11. "The Infiltrator," Broad Green Pictures, $3,328,382, 1,537 locations, $2,166 average, $12,274,291, 2 weeks.

12. "Central Intelligence," Warner Bros., $2,820,284, 1,602 locations, $1,760 average, $123,138,447, 6 weeks.

13. "The Purge: Election Year," Universal, $2,379,900, 1,701 locations, $1,399 average, $76,622,120, 4 weeks.

14. "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie," Fox Searchlight, $1,861,118, 313 locations, $5,946 average, $1,861,118, 1 week.

15. "The BFG," Disney, $1,012,646, 686 locations, $1,476 average, $50,955,703, 4 weeks.

16. "Independence Day: Resurgence," 20th Century Fox, $902,718, 730 locations, $1,237 average, $101,227,043, 5 weeks.

17. "Cafe Society," Lionsgate, $849,937, 50 locations, $16,999 average, $1,352,316, 2 weeks.

18. "The Shallows," Sony, $638,077, 513 locations, $1,244 average, $53,626,202, 5 weeks.

19. "Captain Fantastic," Bleecker Street, $597,845, 104 locations, $5,749 average, $1,145,109, 3 weeks.

20. "Hunt For The Wilderpeople," The Orchard, $579,283, 200 locations, $2,896 average, $2,316,394, 5 weeks.


Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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Oak tree seen in 'Shawshank Redemption' is knocked down

A tree that became a popular attraction for its role in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption" has fallen.

High winds last week apparently downed the 200-year-old white oak tree, which had split during a storm in 2011, said Jodie Snavely, of the Mansfield and Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Ohio.

The tree is featured in one of the final scenes of the 1994 film. The movie, based on a Stephen King novella, stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It's underneath the tree that Freeman's character finds an important letter buried by Robbins' character.

The tree sits on private property, but fans could view it from a nearby state park. It's a featured stop in a series places in north-central Ohio related to the film.

Snavely said the bureau was informed Friday about the downed tree. And since then, the office has gotten calls and messages from people wanting to preserve the wood or repurpose it in some way.

"We don't know what's going to happen to it," she said Monday. "We hope the owner utilizes it for the good of the 'Shawshank' fans."

'Twilight Zone' is out, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is in

Disneyland is shutting down the fifth dimension and will be re-theming "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror."

The popular ride in Disney's California Adventure will no longer look like the golden age of Hollywood, but will soon look like something out of the Marvel universe after the ride shuts down in early 2017 for a refurbishment, Disney has announced.

The change is only coming to the California Adventure version of the ride. Walt Disney World's version in Disney's Hollywood Studios will remain themed to "The Twilight Zone."

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The announcement, which came during San Diego ComicCon, had been rumored for months on Disney fan sites, but Disney, which now owns Marvel Entertainment, denied the change until the weekend. 

The ride components of the a fast elevator-type drop will stay, but the interior an exterior of the building will be changed into "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Imagineer Joe Rohde hosted a behind-the-scenes planning video explaining what park-goers will experience.

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"Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" will reopen next summer around the same time as the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hits theaters, KNBC reported.

The news of "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror's" re-imagineering was not met with cheers; rather, many fans are unhappy that Marvel's moving into the simulated hotel, kicking the ghosts out.

Parks on both coasts are currently going through a major expansion adding "Star Wars" lands, one in Disneyland in California and one in Hollywood Studios in Florida.

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The show goes on for cancer-stricken Sharon Jones

Preparing to go on stage for the first time in months after intensive rounds of chemotherapy, an atypically nervous Sharon Jones sat backstage at New York's Beacon Theatre, clutching a cup and shaking.

"Then they announce her — 'Miss Sharon Jones!' — and she goes like a prizefighter onto the stage," recalls Barbara Kopple, the Oscar winning filmmaker. "And she just kills it."

It's one of the many moments in Kopple's documentary "Miss Sharon Jones!" that captures the stark difference between life on and off stage for the dynamic soul singer most often compared to James Brown. In 2013, Jones was diagnosed with stage-two pancreatic cancer. The film documents her transformation into cancer patient and, ultimately, back into a full-throated force.

Yet what might have culminated in triumph has instead been complicated by the cancer's reoccurrence, which Jones announced at the film's Toronto Film Festival premiere last fall. She has continued to perform, but she's currently on debilitating pain medication and recently underwent a blood transfusion.

On a recent off-day during her tour with the Dap-Kings opening for Hall & Oates, an exhausted Jones laid her head on the table of an Upper East Side bar. Late at night she and the Dap-Kings — her close-knit, retro-soul band of 19 years — would drive to their next show in Bangor. "Is that Maine?" she wonders.

"I had to take the chemo to get me prepared for the road," Jones says. "I basically have to worry about the shows and getting up there and having the energy and the strength to get through those. So anytime downtime I have, I'm down."

The documentary has, the 60-year-old singer says, turned into a kind of motivation for her second round with cancer: visual proof that she got through this once before, and can do it again.

"You got to be brave," says Jones. "I want to use the time that I have. I don't want to spend it all laid up, wishing I had done that gig."

Kopple, the filmmaker of groundbreaking documentaries like "Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream," didn't meet Jones until she began filming. Their first day together was when Jones had her head shaved for chemo.

"The bond was so there, seeing her at one of the most vulnerable times in her life for the very first time," says Kopple. "I think it gave her a real sense of trust and, on my behalf, a real sense of love for this woman who just has incredible strength and perseverance."

Those are traits — along with a soulful wail that sounds straight out of Motown — that brought Jones fame in the first place. It didn't come until the South Carolina-native was 40-years-old, following years of working blue-collar jobs in New York, even as a corrections officer at Riker's. She was eventually brought in as a frontwoman for Daptone Records. Some half-a-dozen records have followed, which staked an early claim to soul music revivals (the Dap-Kings backed Amy Winehouse) and created some classic funk workouts and R&B ballads like "100 Days, 100 Nights."

Short, stout and unstoppable, Jones is a show-business anomaly that has made an unlikely career out of beating long odds.

"I'm never surprised by anything that Sharon does," says Kopple. "Sharon could be really tired after undergoing chemo, and then something happens that spurs her and you've never seen anyone so alive. You have to remember she's an entertainer. So when people are around or there's an audience, that gives her fuel and she forgets her pain."

There are indelible moments in "Miss Sharon Jones!" that show that drive to perform. In one scene, shot in a single long take, she attends a small church for spiritual respite from the struggle. Though moving gingerly, she's moved to belt out, with astounding passion, some gospel before slinking back to a pew. Singing, as much as God, is a lifeblood for her.

"It's therapy," says Jones. "I know I need rest and sleep. But I want to work and that is our job. Even though I'm sick, I still need to work. So I'm going back out now to get that extra energy."


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Marni Nixon, voice of classic movie songs, has died at 86

Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as "West Side Story," ''The King and I" and "My Fair Lady," has died. She was 86.

Michael Kirsten, senior vice president of Nixon's talent agency, Harden-Curtis Associates, said she died Sunday of cancer in New York. "She passed away peacefully with her family at her side," he said.

Nixon, who was initially uncredited for her work, early on resented the dubbing work but later came to terms with it. "I realized now that this was something that would outlive me. Something that would last," she wrote in her 2006 memoir, "I Could Have Sung All Night."

In the heyday of the Hollywood musical, studios often paid big money for film rights to hit Broadway shows, then cast them with popular non-singing actors and actresses.

Such was the case with the 1956 hit "The King and I," in which filmmakers dubbed Deborah Kerr's voice with Nixon's.

"I was brought in and had to follow along with her, getting her diction and acting style," Nixon recalled in 2004. "She in turn would study how I looked when I hit the high notes."

Nixon did the same for Natalie Wood in 1961's "West Side Story" and Audrey Hepburn in 1964's "My Fair Lady," which had starred Julie Andrews onstage. Earlier, she added a few notes to Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

She went uncredited in the films and on their soundtrack albums and was warned by the filmmakers that if she ever let it be known that she was doing the singing, "they would run me out of town."

Word began to leak out, however, and Kerr herself blew Nixon's cover when she praised her work on "The King and I." By the late 1960s, The Hollywood Reporter was joking that "they found out who was doing (talking horse) Mr. Ed's voice on the television show; it was Marni Nixon's horse."

Nixon also appeared before the cameras in 1965, in a small role as a nun in "The Sound of Music," and provided the singing voice of Grandmother Fa in the 1998 animated film "Mulan.'"

As the era of big, traditional movie musicals dried up, though, so did Nixon's film career. But she kept busy with other work, including starring in her own children's TV show, singing opera, soloing with symphony orchestras, appearing in a road tour of "Cabaret" and teaching at the California Institute of the Arts.

In her later years, she was also popular at nostalgia festivals, where she told audiences, "I allowed all these actresses to dub their bodies to my voice."

She had landed her role in "West Side Story" after Wood's voice proved inadequate for the challenging Leonard Bernstein score. She prepared for it by studying Wood singing the role of Maria before the cameras — and had to then face the exacting task of getting her singing to match Wood's on-screen lip movements.

Hepburn, who had memorably sung "Moon River" in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," had campaigned to do her own singing as Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady."

She was able to handle the film's early cockney-accented songs like "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," but Nixon — again carefully matching Hepburn's vocal style — had to be called in for such soaring melodies as "I Could Have Danced All Night."

Both Wood and Hepburn, Nixon wrote, worked hard to learn the songs, and their singing was recorded in hopes that Nixon's voice would be needed only to fill in on difficult passages. But that was not to be.

"I heard later that Natalie Wood was very upset and felt betrayed by the powers that be," Nixon wrote. As for Hepburn, "determined as she was, her vocals were not used."

Nixon recalled that after getting no royalties from the big-selling "The King and I" soundtrack album, she and her manager fought for better treatment for "West Side Story."

After some haggling, she wrote, Bernstein made the "incredibly generous gesture" of giving up a sliver of his royalty share. It amounted to a major payday for her, given the album's huge sales.

She recalled she also had a small credit as "soprano soloist" — but no royalty — on the soundtrack recording of Kerr's 1957 "An Affair to Remember." The film isn't a musical, but Kerr's character is a nightclub singer.

Nixon was born Margaret Nixon McEathron in 1930 in Altadena, California. The nickname Marni came from the first letters of her first and middle names.

She took up the violin as a child and later studied voice. Her first dubbing job was for young Margaret O'Brien in the 1949 film "The Secret Garden."

Onstage, she made her Broadway debut in 1954 in "The Girl in Pink Tights," and was in the 2001 revival of "Follies" and the 2003 revival of "Nine." She toured with "My Fair Lady" in 2007.

Nixon was married to film composer-conductor Ernest Gold, Oscar winner for "Exodus," from 1950 to 1969. A second marriage, to Dr. Lajos Fenster, in 1971 also ended in divorce. Nixon married flutist Albert Block in 1983.

Her son, Andrew Gold, was a rock musician who arranged music for Linda Ronstadt and had a top 10 hit in 1977 with "Lonely Boy." He died in 2011. She also had two daughters with her first husband, Martha and Melani.


Biographical material in this story was written by The Associated Press' late Hollywood correspondent Bob Thomas.


This story has been updated to correct Nixon's year of birth to 1930.

Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Chloe Grace Moretz, other stars to appear at DNC

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz and singers Katy Perry and Demi Lovato are among the stars set to appear at the Democratic National Convention.

“I am so happy to announce I will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention!” Moretz, who appeared in "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" and "The Fifth Wave," posted on her Instagram page. “Going to be such a beautiful historic day and I can’t believe I have the immense honor of being part of it. Thank you Hillary Clinton!”

I am so happy to announce I will be speaking At the democratic national convention ! #DNC #ImWithHer going to be such a beautiful historic day and I can't believe I have the immense honor of being part of it. Thank you @hillaryclinton ! A photo posted by Chloe Grace Moretz (@chloegmoretz) on Jul 20, 2016 at 11:37am PDT<script async defer src="//"></script>

Lovato tweeted that she’ll be at the convention:

As did Perry:

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Actress Lena Dunham, who is also on the star speakers roster, posted an image of her convention-ready manicure.

Getting pretty pumped for the DNC. Brushing up on my Kaine facts and I love this man... #imwithher #kainesugar #newhashtagforournewviceprez (sadly these are not my nails. Image is @nailsyall care of @oliveandjune) A photo posted by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Jul 23, 2016 at 1:32pm PDT

Moretz also got her nails done in time for the event:

#dncinphl here we come !! #ImWithHer ! Soon to release what day I'll be giving my speech! So keep your eyes peeled :) (amazing art by @leafa_nails ) A photo posted by Chloe Grace Moretz (@chloegmoretz) on Jul 24, 2016 at 10:47pm PDT

Actress America Ferrera is looking forward to participating and issued a clap-back to anyone who might suggest entertainers don’t belong in the political arena.

“I’m not here as a celebrity, I’m here as a person who has a lot to lose in this election,” she said in an Instagram post. “Please stop telling me to shut up because I’m an actor. I am an American, and like everyone else, there’s a lot at stake for me in this election. I will use my platform and encourage you to use yours.”

Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in 1998 poaching case

Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago in a verdict Monday that overturned a lower court's ruling that would have sent the popular leading man to jail.

Khan and seven other people, including Bollywood actors, were accused of killing a gazelle and two antelopes over two days in 1998 while filming a movie in Rajasthan state.

Two poaching cases were filed against Khan and he was convicted by a lower court and sentenced to jail terms of one and five years respectively. But the actor challenged the verdict in a higher court, which said there was no evidence to suggest that the pellets recovered from the animals were fired from Khan's licensed gun.

Khan was not present in the court in Jodhpur city in Rajasthan. The state prosecutor said the verdict would be reviewed before a decision is made on whether to appeal.

Khan has starred in more than 90 Hindi-language films, but has also had brushes with the law.

Last year, the Mumbai High Court acquitted the actor in a drunken-driving, hit-and-run case from more than a decade ago.

The judges found that prosecutors had failed to prove charges of culpable homicide, in which they accused Khan of driving while intoxicated in 2002 and running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk in Mumbai, killing one of them.

The government of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, has challenged his acquittal in the Supreme Court.

Last month, Khan caused a public uproar by telling reporters that shooting his new movie "Sultan" was so grueling that he felt like a raped woman.

The actor's analogy struck a painful chord in India, where sexual violence against women is rampant. Khan has refused to apologize for his remarks and has ignored repeated summons from India's leading women's rights panel, the National Commission for Women, to explain his remarks.

Khan's comments were considered particularly damaging given his immense popularity as a leading romance and action star in India's film industry. In recent years the star has turned to philanthropy, establishing a charitable trust called "Being Human" which works in education and health care for the poor.

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