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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2008 file photo, director and writer George Romero poses for a photograph while talking about his film
George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77
NEW YORK, N.Y. - George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77.
Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero's family said he died while listening to the score of "The Quiet Man," one of his favourite films, with his wife, Suzanne Desroc

NewsAlert: George Romero, pioneering horror-film director who made zombie movies, dies at age 77
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - George Romero, pioneering horror-film director who made zombie movies, dies at age 77.

Look in the mirror and what do you see? Not enough diversity, says report
OTTAWA - The portrayal of Canada's diversity on television has improved over the last decade, but there's still a lack of programming representing people with disabilities and the Indigenous population in particular, according to a research report prepared for the country's TV regulator.
The findings were provided to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in March, shortly before Heritage Minister Melanie Joly launched public consultations to examine how the federal government

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Dec. 4, 2016, British actress Jodie Whittaker poses for photographers upon arrival at the The British Independent Film Awards in London. The BBC has announced Sunday July 16, 2017, Jodie Whittaker is the next star of
Who's next: Jodie Whittaker 1st female star of 'Doctor Who'
LONDON - British actress Jodie Whittaker was announced Sunday as the next star of the long-running science fiction series "Doctor Who" — the first woman to take a role that has been played by a dozen men over six decades.
Whittaker, best known for playing the mother of a murdered boy in detective drama "Broadchurch," will replace Scottish actor Peter Capaldi at the end of the year, the BBC said.

Franklin exhibition in London features items from shipwreck, Inuit artifacts
When the Canadian Museum of History began planning a new exhibition on the Franklin expedition now showing in the United Kingdom, neither of the voyage's two doomed ships had been found.
But after HMS Erebus was located in 2014 and HMS Terror was found in 2016, curators for the exhibit were given the opportunity to include some of the newly recovered artifacts.

A crowd of people wait to enter the D23 Expo as crews do interviews outside the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, July 14, 2017. (Jeff Gritchen/The Orange County Register via AP)
'Infinity War' upstages 'Star Wars' at star-studded fan expo
ANAHEIM, Calif. - A hair-raising teaser trailer for "Avengers: Infinity War" stole the show at the star-studded presentation of the Walt Disney Studios upcoming live-action films at the studios' fan convention D23, upstaging even "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Oprah Winfrey and Mary Poppins.
"Star Wars" fans did get a little morsel of footage in a behind-the-scenes featurette from the upcoming space saga and a lively panel with the film's writer-director Rian Johnson and a few of the film's stars. But aud

This undated image provided by the New Orleans Museum of Art shows the sculpture
Museum: John Waters film fest hails part of collector's gift
NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Museum of Art is about to begin a John Waters film festival to celebrate a gift of photographs and a sculpture by the movie maker.
Waters' pieces include "Pig Latin," a 6 1/2-foot-long (2-meter) strip of photos showing eight movie scenes with a pig Latinized line from seven of them, starting with Marlon Brando in "On the Waterfront" and "I-way oulda-cay een-bay a-way ontender-cay." Then there's "Toilet Training," a 5 1/2-foot (1.7-meter) strip of photographs showing toilet

Correction: Emmy Nominations-Quotes story
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In a July 13 story about stars responding to their Primetime Emmy nominations, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the host of "MasterChef Junior." It is Gordon Ramsay, not Gordon Ramsey.
A corrected version of the story is below:

In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan puppet boy called Zeerak, right, and Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad, left, with Sesame Street's character, a 6-year-old Afghan girl called Zari, are seen during a recoding a
New boy muppet in Afghanistan promotes gender equality
KABUL - Last year, Afghanistan's version of "Sesame Street" introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation. Now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women.
Zeerak, whose name means "Smart" in Afghanistan's two official languages, is a 4-year-old boy who enjoys studying and learning. He joins 6-year-old sister Zari, whose name means "Shimmering," on Afghanistan's version of the show, "Baghch-e

Computer programmer Ken Lambrecht, right, of Louisville, Colorado roams the gift shop outside Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday, July 14, 2017. The startup company behind the popular art installation is seeking out small-sc
Hit for-profit New Mexico art venue seeks out tiny investors
SANTA FE, N.M. - The startup company behind a popular immersive art exhibition space in New Mexico sought out small-scale internet investors Saturday as it lays the groundwork to take its themed entertainment to one or more major metropolitan markets.
More than 500,000 visitors have flocked to Meow Wolf's kaleidoscopic walk- and crawl-through exhibit space since it opened in a converted Santa Fe bowling alley in early 2016. The art installation starts with a riddle on the doorsteps of a fanciful Victor

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON - Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's private lawyers; Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

FILE- In this Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, actor Mark Hamill poses for a portrait to promote the film,
Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher honoured as 'Legends' by Disney
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mark Hamill has been bestowed one of Disney's highest honours, but he can't believe Carrie Fisher wasn't there to see it.
Hamill and Fisher were named Disney Legends during a ceremony Friday at the company's biannual fan convention, the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. He said Fisher would have been making him laugh at the event and treating it with some irreverence.

This file publicity image released by HBO shows Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a scene from
'Game of Thrones' fans can learn High Valyrian language on Duolingo app
TORONTO - Viewers anxiously awaiting the return of "Game of Thrones" can get an early start on the action with a lesson in High Valyrian.
Language-teaching app Duolingo and American linguist David J. Peterson drafted a virtual course that lets fans pick up the fictional vocabulary spoken on HBO's show.

Actress Rachel McAdams speaks with event host Rick Campanelli as she is inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto on Saturday, October 18, 2014.
Rick Campanelli leaving 'ET Canada' at end of August
TORONTO - "ET Canada" co-host Rick Campanelli and two of the show's on-air personalities are leaving their positions.
A post on the Corus entertainment show's website says Campanelli is "moving on to pursue new ventures" when his contract comes to a close later this summer.

Rapper DMX, left, leaves federal court in New York, Friday, July 14, 2017, with his attorney Murray Richman after pleading not guilty to tax evasion. Authorities say the hip hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in back taxes. (AP Ph
Rapper DMX pleads not guilty to dodging $1.7M tax debt
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rapper DMX walked free on Friday after pleading not guilty to what the Internal Revenue Service described as a brazen effort to evade $1.7 million in taxes, saying his faith and loyal fans would keep his career on track.
"It's allowed me to not be scared of the situation and face it head-on, you know what I'm saying?" the multi-platinum hip-hop artist, who's real name is Earl Simmons, told reporters. "My life is in God's hands."

FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file image taken from video, Meredith Salenger, left, and Patton Oswalt arrive at the premiere of AMC's
No 'right' time line for new romantic relationship after death of spouse: experts
TORONTO - When it was disclosed that comedian Patton Oswalt planned to remarry 15 months after the death of his wife, he was met with a flurry of condemnation on social media. How, his critics implied, could he move on to a new romantic partnership so quickly?
Oswalt, whose spouse Michelle McNamara died in her sleep in April 2016 due to a combination of prescription medication and an undiagnosed heart condition, became an online target after fiancee Meredith Salenger announced their engagement last we

Canadian Cobie Smulders on new Netflix series 'Friends From College'
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The way they were laughing and horsing around during interviews, you'd think Cobie Smulders, Fred Savage and Nicholas Stoller really were "Friends From College." Instead, that's the title of their new Netflix comedy, which debuted Friday.
Fact is, Smulders — still best known for "How I Met Your Mother" despite appearing as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill in several incarnations of the Marvel "Avengers" series — never attended college.

Rapper arrested after shooting now jailed in Arkansas
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A rapper arrested in Alabama after a shooting that injured more than two dozen people in Arkansas was being returned there Friday to face charges in another shooting.
Court and jail records showed Ricky Hampton signed papers agreeing to return to Arkansas. He was removed from the county jail in Birmingham, Alabama, at 2:30 a.m. Friday, and was booked in a jail in Forrest City, Arkansas, hours later.

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1990, file photo, 2 Live Crew member Mr. Mixx (David Hobbs), second from right, speaks to reporters at the Late Show night club in Niagara Falls, N.Y., while being joined by fellow group members, J.T. Money, left, Brother Marquis, se
Fresh Kid Ice of 2 Live Crew dies in Miami at age 53
MIAMI - Christopher Wong Won, a founding member of the Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew whose sexually explicit lyrics triggered a national debate over the legal limits of artistic freedom, has died at the age of 53.
The group's manager, DJ Debo, said Wong Won, known as Fresh Kid Ice, died Thursday at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Miami as a result of medical conditions he had suffered for several years.

FILE - This Feb. 12, 2017, file photo shows Beyonce performing at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Beyonce debuted her newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi in an Instagram post on July 13, 2017. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
Beyonce introduces newborn twins Sir Carter and Rumi
Beyonce has finally debuted her twins a month after they were born.
The singer posted a picture of herself holding the babies on Instagram late Thursday night and wrote in the caption, "Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today." She didn't mention the babies' genders, but Beyonce's mother wrote on Instagram that the pop star had given birth to a boy and a girl.