Arts and entertainment

This image released by Lucasfilm shows Gwendoline Christie as Capt. Phasma in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." (Lucasfilm via AP)
December 12, 2017 - 12:39 pm
A welcome disturbance in the Force, Rian Johnson's "The Last Jedi" is, by wide measure, the trippiest, scrappiest and most rule-breaking "Star Wars" adventure yet. Not the exercise in nostalgia that was J.J. Abrams' "The Force Awakens," Johnson's Episode VIII takes George Lucas' space opera in new...
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This combination photo shows, from left, producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, actor-comedian Louis C.K., NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer and "CBS This Morning" host Charlie Rose. Actors and other public figures began vanishing from the TV screen in October as scores of allegations of sexual misconduct targeted one prominent man after another. n the wake of Weinstein’s disgrace, Spacey was removed from Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Louis C.K. lost a Netflix comedy special and other TV projects. Rose was removed from “CBS This Morning” and his own public television interview show was cancelled. Then “Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired. (AP Photo/File)
December 12, 2017 - 12:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a wild and wearying year in the world of TV, with memorable moments by the dozens. Here are nine signal moments (though a few of them are perhaps best forgotten): ___ HE'S FIRED? Before ascending to the presidency early last January, Donald Trump played TV critic by...
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Rachel Crooks, left, Jessica Leeds, center, and Samantha Holvey attend a news conference, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York to discuss their accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, called for a congressional investigation into Trump's alleged behavior. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
December 12, 2017 - 9:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously...
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December 12, 2017 - 8:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A Univision journalist who famously clashed with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015 has a book coming out about Trump and immigration. Publisher Vintage Books told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jorge Ramos' "Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino...
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The author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling poses after she was made a Companion of Honour during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017. The Duke of Cambridge conducted the investiture for the honour. (Andrew Matthews/Pool via AP)
December 12, 2017 - 8:26 am
LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling can add another magic moment to her list of achievements — she has been made a royal Companion of Honor. Rowling received the honor from Prince William on Tuesday at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. Rowling said she was "deeply honored and proud" to...
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This Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, photo taken in New York shows the word feminism listed in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster has revealed “feminism” as its word of the year for 2017 on Tuesday, Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
December 12, 2017 - 2:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism." Yes, it's been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on and spiked several times after key events,...
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December 12, 2017 - 12:00 am
CNN's Acosta complains of White House threat LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75 'A Fantastic Woman' director celebrates Golden Globe nod Emmy Award telecast moves to Monday on NBC next year NBC's 'Today' in ratings lead after Matt Lauer's firing 2017 Breakthrough: 'Get Out'...
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In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, with smoke obscuring the sun in the distance, a Coulson C-130 Air Tanker turns in to make a drop on a hillside near Toro Canyon Road in Carpinteria, Calif., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
December 11, 2017 - 10:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size again, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave. Tens of thousands have fled their homes as...
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This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer in a scene from the film "The Shape of Water." On Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, Hawkins was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture drama for her role in the film. The 75th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 on NBC. (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)
December 11, 2017 - 9:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fairytale "The Shape of Water" swam away with a leading seven Golden Globes nominations on Monday and the HBO drama "Big Little Lies" came away with six nods. But nobody made landing a Globe nomination look easier than Christopher Plummer. Just two...
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December 11, 2017 - 9:00 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Hollywood talent agency CAA is canceling its annual Golden Globe Awards party and planning to form a legal defense fund to assist workplace harassment victims across all industries. A person with knowledge of the plans who spoke on the condition of anonymity because...
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