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‘Ratatouille’ director Brad Bird joins TCM’s ‘Essentials’

‘Ratatouille’ director Brad Bird joins TCM’s ‘Essentials’

LOS ANGELES — Turner Classic Movies has enlisted “Ratatouille” and “The Iron Giant” director Brad Bird to program the latest 20-episode season of “The Essentials," the channel said Wednesday. Bird’s selections run the gamut of classic film offerings.
Iran Guard reveals secret space program in satellite launch

Iran Guard reveals secret space program in satellite launch

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launched its first satellite into space Wednesday, dramatically revealing what experts described as a secret military space program that could advance its ballistic missile development amid wider tensions bet
Amid pandemic, charities and nonprofits face huge challenges

Amid pandemic, charities and nonprofits face huge challenges

NEW YORK — While celebrities and billionaires have announced huge gifts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, many charities and nonprofits are still struggling.
A24 to auction movie paraphernalia to benefit NYC charities

A24 to auction movie paraphernalia to benefit NYC charities

LOS ANGELES — How does an indie film shop give back to its hometown in this crisis? If you’re A24, you start by mining your prop, wardrobe and set departments.
People makes history with Hawn, Hudson on anniversary cover

People makes history with Hawn, Hudson on anniversary cover

LOS ANGELES — Three generations will grace the cover of People magazine’s 30th anniversary “Beauty Issue.
Warner Bros. sends 'Scoob!' straight to on-demand

Warner Bros. sends 'Scoob!' straight to on-demand

NEW YORK — The animated Scooby-Doo film “Scoob!” will bypass theatres and premiere directly on digital platforms, Warner Bros. said Tuesday, making it the latest studio to experiment with an on-demand release during the pandemic shutdown.
Climate activist: leaders must act in unison during crises

Climate activist: leaders must act in unison during crises

STOCKHOLM — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday urged world leaders to act together, based on scientists' advice, in addressing major crises from the COVID-19 pandemic to global warming.
New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus

New Zealand could pull off bold goal of eliminating virus

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — While most countries are working on ways to contain the coronavirus, New Zealand has set itself a much more ambitious goal: eliminating it altogether. And experts believe the country could pull it off.
Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas

Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States” on Tuesday. But the executive order would bar only those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers.
South Korea downplays concerns over Kim Jong Un's health

South Korea downplays concerns over Kim Jong Un's health

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korean officials reported no unusual activity in North Korea on Tuesday following unconfirmed media reports that leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile health after surgery.