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2 new films in the ‘Halloween’ saga

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal says it will release two new “Halloween” films, including one with the ominous title “Halloween Ends.”

The studio said Friday that the first of the films, “Halloween Kills,” will be released in 2020 and the second film will come in 2021.

A teaser video includes the voice of Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original 1978 film and last year’s blockbuster sequel, “Halloween.” The video states the saga of Curtis’ character, Laurie Strode, and villain Michael Myers “isn’t over.”

Universal says “Halloween Kills” will be released on Oct. 16, 2020, and “Halloween Ends“ will arrive Oct. 15, 2021.

Last year’s film set records and earned $253.5 million worldwide.

Rapper convicted of 2016 shooting

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has convicted a teenage rapper of murder in the 2016 shooting death of a man during a home invasion.

The Tarrant County jury on Friday found 19-year-old Taymor McIntyre of Arlington guilty for his role in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker at Walker’s home in Mansfield, southeast of Fort Worth.

The man who shot Walker was sentenced last year to life in prison. Prosecutors have said McIntyre was charged with murder because he recruited the triggerman and organized the robbery.

McIntyre also was convicted of aggravated robbery. He pleaded guilty Monday to two other counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion. He faces a punishment of life in prison.

McIntyre rapped under the name Tay-K and his 2017 single “The Race” appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Whitford hitched to Amy Landecker

NEW YORK (AP) — With a nod to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Amy Landecker announced on Instagram that she is “of Bradley,” elopement style.

Landecker said Thursday she wed her fellow “Handmaid” co-star Bradley Whitford with their children and dogs, Izzy and Otis, as witnesses. They were married by political activist Ady Barkan at the courthouse in Santa Barbara.

‘Avengers’ Q&A at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Avengers: Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo are doing a victory lap at San Diego Comic-Con Friday.

The brothers reflected on their blockbuster being so close to matching “Avatar’s” all-time box office record and even fielded questions from some unlikely fans.

“Avengers” stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Paul Rudd grilled their directors via video message on everything from who is the smartest Avenger to what Captain America did after completing his big task in “Endgame.”

The Russos are already on to their next projects as producers. One reunites them with “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland on a movie about the opioid crisis set in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and another will see Michael B. Jordan star in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

By Kerry Minor

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