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Monday, January 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES — The investigative journalism drama “Spotlight” won the top prize at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, while awards favorites Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio won the top acting prizes for “Room” and “The Revenant.”

Both actors won Golden Globe Awards and are considered front-runners for the Academy Awards, too.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The brutal 1820s frontier revenge thriller "The Revenant" landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers a year after the Oscars came under withering criticism over its lack of diversity.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu's bloody 1820s thriller "The Revenant" swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott's stranded astronaut tale "The Martian" answered with a pair of its own.

At a bleep-filled, irreverent Beverly Hills, California, ceremony on Sunday, Ricky Gervais presided over a Globes that seemed to risk unraveling before the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's show coalesced its support for "The Revenant" and "The Martian."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year's weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estimates Sunday.

In addition to setting a new high mark in New Year's box office history, the record-busting film blew past the domestic grosses of both "Jurassic World" ($652.3 million) and "Titanic" ($658.7 million) to become the second-highest earner of all time with $740.3 million in just 19 days of release.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has reached $1 billion at the box office, reaching the milestone with record-setting hyper speed.

The Walt Disney Co. said "The Force Awakens" crossed the billion-dollar mark Sunday, accomplishing the feat in just 12 days. The previous movie to reach $1 billion the fastest was Universal's "Jurassic World," which did it in 13 days in June. "Jurassic World" also had the benefit of record grosses in China. "The Force Awakens" doesn't open in the world's second-largest movie market until Jan. 9.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — With a deeper-than-ever split between Republicans and Democrats over abortion, activists on both sides of the debate foresee a 2016 presidential campaign in which the nominees tackle the volatile topic more aggressively than in past elections.

Friction over the issue also is likely to surface in key Senate races. And the opposing camps will be further energized by Republican-led congressional investigations of Planned Parenthood and by Supreme Court consideration of tough anti-abortion laws in Texas.

Friday, December 11, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen fans are charging up their electronic devices and waiting by their computers.

Tickets for Springsteen's 9-week U.S. tour go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. EST Friday.

Springsteen's River Tour with the E Street Band starts Jan. 16 in Pittsburgh.

Springsteen will play 24 dates, including Newark's Prudential Center, Madison Square Garden in New York and Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.

The tour ends on March 17 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Friday, December 4, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Scott Weiland, the former frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48.

The singer's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday morning. Vitorino said he learned of Weiland's death from his tour manager. He did not provide further details but referenced a statement on Weiland's Facebook page.

The statement said Weiland, who was dogged by substance abuse problems throughout his career, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Monday, October 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey is going on a diet again, but this time she stands to gain a lot of money from her efforts.

Weight Watchers said Monday that it signed a five-year deal with the former talk show host. Winfrey, a co-owner of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, is paying about $43.2 million for a 10 percent stake in the weight loss company.

The deal is already paying off: Weight Watchers shares nearly doubled after the partnership was announced.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The films of director Noah Baumbach are an acquired taste. The acting of Greta Gerwig is an acquired taste. Collaboratively, their latest film, “Mistress America,” which they co-wrote, is really an acquired taste.