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Last chance to put a bird on it: 'Portlandia' closes up its painfully hip artisanal shop this season

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After seven seasons of the wacky and odd, “Portlandia” is reaching its wit’s end.

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With Sundance 2018, a festival reaches to meet the moment

Yes, there are still movies at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Thursday's TV highlights: 'Will & Grace' on NBC

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Jay Leno's Garage Jay competes against race car driver Bryce Menzies in a soapbox race. 7 and 10 p.m. CNBC

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Movie attendance fell 6% in 2017. Meanwhile, ticket prices hit a record

Movie attendance in the United States and Canada fell even more than expected in 2017, as the average ticket price hit a record high, according to new data from the National Assn. of Theatre Owners.

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Stella McCartney celebrates her fall 2018 collections with more than a little help from her friends

What were the Davids (Hockney and Lynch) chatting about with half the Beatles (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) at a barely lighted table in Hollywood? We don’t know either, but it was just one of the many memorable moments in a star…

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Forthright and volatile, Lauren Ruth Ward is breathing life into rock 'n' roll

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Before singer-songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward moved to Los Angeles three years ago from Baltimore, she cut hair for a living. Dozens of clients a week, sometimes many more during wedding season. She was great at it, and could have maintained a…

Stella McCartney on scents, responsibility and the relaunch of her Peony fragrance

In the run-up to her autumn 2018 men's and women's presentation in L.A. on Jan. 16, the British designer chats about her relaunched fragrance, her dislike for factory-grown roses and what a future men's scent might smell like. (Hint: It…

A look at Sundance Film Festival's stronger than usual 2018 lineup

"Obsession. Unfetter. Unravel. Unleash. Fantasy. Nightmare." What does it all add up to? Would you believe Sundance 2018?

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Despite controversy, Netflix comedy 'Step Sisters' is more than it appears

Two weeks ago, when the trailer for Netflix’s “Step Sisters” debuted, the minute-long trailer set (Black) Twitter ablaze. The film, which premieres on the streaming platform Friday, follows the president of a black sorority (Megalyn…

Romantic comedy 'ExFile3' and 'Jumanji' top China's box office

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The Chinese romantic comedy “Ex-File3” continues to dominate the country’s box office, in a surprising show for a lighthearted trilogy about relationships.

Google tightens YouTube rules to clean things up for advertisers

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Google is making the biggest changes to the advertising rules on YouTube since the video site’s inception, another attempt to clean up its content and answer persistent complaints from advertisers.

Katie Couric will co-host Winter Olympics opening ceremony for NBC

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Katie Couric is returning to NBC as a co-host of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the network announced Wednesday.

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Guillermo del Toro meets the Black Lagoon in creature double feature

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Seeing Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” shape up as one of this year’s Oscar heavyweights has been a pleasure, and that pleasure gets amplified Friday in a double bill that’s part of American Cinematheque’s “Fairy Tales for…

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'I am ashamed I did this': Stars reflect on — and rethink — working with Woody Allen

While some have defended him, a growing list of actors and actresses who have worked with director Woody Allen are reconsidering their participation in his films. Some even say they'll never work with him again.

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Don Nash is stepping down as executive producer of NBC's 'Today'

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“Today” show executive producer Don Nash is leaving the NBC morning program after a 30-year run.

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Ann Curry 'not surprised' about misconduct allegations against Matt Lauer

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In her first TV interview since leaving NBC, former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry said Wednesday that she was “not surprised” about the misconduct allegations that resulted in Matt Lauer being fired.

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Afghanistan war film '12 Strong' to battle 'Jumanji' reboot for top box-office spot

The Afghanistan war film "12 Strong" is the latest movie to try to unseat Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle."

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'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' is a painful and pointed look back

“The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “The People v O.J. Simpson” have much in common: Both series are part of FX’s “American Crime Story” anthology, both are scripted dramas that revisit 1990s celebrity crimes, and both are the work…

Clever and cutting 'Corporate' mines comedy from cubicle culture

"Corporate," premiering Wednesday on Comedy Central, is a dark show, with an outlook so dreadful and dour that merely to describe it might sound like a criticism. Bounded by hopelessness on every side, it is the opposite of an…

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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'grown-ish' on Freeform

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The Amazing Race Contestants scale buildings and run through the narrow streets of Tangiers, Morocco, in this new episode. 8 p.m. CBS

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Miramax bid for Weinstein Co. throws wrench into sale process, sources say

An attempt by Qatar-owned film company Miramax to buy Weinstein Co. has thrown a wrench into plans to sell the struggling studio to a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, according to people…

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Sophie Watts, president of STX Entertainment, steps down

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STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts has unexpectedly resigned from her job at the Burbank-based start-up studio, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Tuesday, Jan 16

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Schubert's lonely hearts club band and a heartthrob tenor

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A pretty, fickle daughter. A blithe wanderer. A hunter. Nixies. A broken heart. An atmosphere of underlying weirdness. A strophic soundtrack underscoring all that is inexplicable in wooded nature and adding a beat to its offbeat…