If the sweet, animated 2016 film "The Secret Life of Pets" was mostly for kids, its new sequel might be for another segment of the audience altogether — whoever is buying the tickets. Amid the...
Hulu making Howard the Duck and 4 more Marvel animated shows
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Hulu is teaming with Marvel to make four separate animated series based on comic book characters like Howard the Duck.
Director Kevin Smith and comics Chelsea Handler and Patton Oswalt are among the people who have signed deals with the streaming service to help produce the cartoons. Smith will work on the Howard the Duck series.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2
Jan. 27: Actor James Cromwell ("Murder in the First," ''Babe") is 79. Actor John Witherspoon (TV's "The Boondocks," ''Friday") is 77. Drummer Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 75. Singer Nedra Talley of The Ronettes is 73. Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 71. Country singer Cheryl White of The Whites is 64. Guitarist Richard Young of The Kentucky Headhunters is 64. Actress Mimi Rogers is 63. Guitarist Janick Gers of Iron Maiden is 62. Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 58. Keyboardist Gillian Gilbert (New Order) is 58. Actress Tamlyn Tomita (TV's "Teen Wolf") is 56. Actress Bridget Fonda is 55. Actor Alan Cumming ("Spy Kids") is 54. Singer Mike Patton (Faith No More) is 51. Country singer Tracy Lawrence is 51. Rapper Tricky is 51. Guitarist Michael Kulas of James is 50. Comedian Patton Oswalt is 50. Actor Josh Randall ("Ed") is 47. Country singer Kevin Denney is 41. Drummer Andrew Lee of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is 33. Drummer Matt Sanchez of American Authors is 33.
8,000 pizzas sent to hungry voters stuck in long poll lines
PHOENIX (AP) — A group sent 8,000 pizzas to hungry voters as they waited in long lines that plagued polling places across the country Tuesday.
The group Pizza to the Polls collects social media reports of long lines and doles out pizzas accordingly. The nonprofit enjoyed a boost in recent days because of tweets and donations from celebrities like Debra Messing, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore and Patton Oswalt, raising more than $300,000 over a 24-hour period.
Oswalt: The documentarian was doing backflips
Comedian Patton Oswalt gave credit to his late wife Wednesday for her perseverance after police made an arrest in the Golden State Killer case - the name the late Michelle McNamara coined for the man thought responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes.
Oswalt took to social media with his mesage: "You did it, Michelle" after police arrested former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in the case.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "You did it, Michelle."
Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday.
Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker Michelle McNamara coined on her personal mission to catch a man responsible for at least 12 killings and 50 rapes throughout California in the 1970s and 80s.
Battle of the Network stars
The idea of watching Bryan Cranston as mad-as-hell anchor Howard Beale is intriguing and expensive. Hes currently tackling the role on stage in London. Youll just have to settle for the original 1976 film Network, which earned Peter Finch a posthumous Oscar, defeating a mad-as-hell Sylvester Stallone, who was contending as Rocky Balboa.
Brie, Glenn Close among presenters at Writers Guild Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Glenn Close, Alison Brie, Patrick Stewart and Terry Crews will be among the presenters at the Writers Guild Awards next month.
The guild announced that Bob Odenkirk, Minnie Driver, Sarah Silverman and Dylan McDermott will also present at the bi-coastal awards show on Feb. 11.
Patton Oswalt will host the ceremony, which will present writer-director James L. Brooks with its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
Comedian Patton Oswalt marries actress Meredith Salenger
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Patton Oswalt has married actress Meredith Salenger.
The 48-year-old Oswalt and Salenger, who's 47, shared photos of the Saturday ceremony and reception at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles on social media. Attendees included The Roots and "Tonight Show" bandleader Questlove, and singers, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, who serenaded the couple.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patton Oswalt is defending his engagement from online critics who say the comedian is getting married too soon after his wife's death last year.
Oswalt shared a link Saturday to a post defending him by Erica Roman, a blogger who lost her husband around the same time that Oswalt's wife, Michele McNamara, died in her sleep in April 2016.
AP Exclusive: Oswalt says heart condition, meds killed wife
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt said Friday that coroner's officials informed him that his wife died last year from a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart condition.
Oswalt wrote in a statement to The Associated Press that he and his wife Michelle McNamara had no idea she had a condition that caused blockages in her arteries.
Wait, Amy Schumer and not Amy Winehouse? Right. The comedian-actress is nominated for best spoken word album and comedy album. Her competition in those categories includes Carol Burnett, Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Tig Notaro, David Cross, Elvis Costello and Patti Smith.
Mickey Mouse hits the road with NASCAR stars in new series
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Mouse is hanging with a fast crowd in a new Disney TV series.
Disney said Thursday its animated "Mickey and the Roadster Racers" will pair the famous mouse with recurring guests Jimmie Johnson, Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon.
The NASCAR stars will voice animated characters based on them. Johnson plays Jiminy Johnson; Patrick is Danni Sue, and Gordon is Gordon Gear.
Smart Rating: 96.22U.S. Release Year: 2007Description: An Iranian girl witnesses the fundamentalist takeover of her country and rebels against its strict policies, especially regarding women.
#9. The Lion King
Smart Rating: 96.28U.S. Release Year: 1994Description: After the death of his royal father, a young lion returns to battle his scheming uncle for the jungle throne.
Chris Rock to film 2 stand-up specials for Netflix
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Rock is returning to stand-up on Netflix.
The streaming service says the comedian is filming two stand-up specials after an eight-year absence.
The first show will tape in 2017, following a new world tour.
Rock says in a statement that he "can't wait to get back on stage."
The star of such films as "Top Five" and "Grown Ups" is joining a growing roster of stand-up comedians who have filmed stand-up specials for Netflix.
Trump supporter’s ‘taco trucks’ remark draws mockery
PHOENIX (AP) — A Hispanic Donald Trump supporter's assertion that without Trump there could one day be "taco trucks on every corner" in the U.S. has stirred ridicule, not to mention hunger, across the internet.
Hundreds of tweets with the hashtag "taco trucks on every corner" popped up Friday on Twitter, most of them from people salivating for the tortilla-wrapped food.
Trump supporter’s ‘taco trucks’ remark draws mockery
PHOENIX (AP) — A Hispanic Donald Trump supporter's assertion that without Trump there could one day be "taco trucks on every corner" in the U.S. stirred ridicule, not to mention hunger, across the internet Friday.
Hundreds of tweets with the hashtag "taco trucks on every corner" popped up on Twitter, most of them from people salivating for the tortilla-wrapped food.