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LA Film Critics name ‘Roma’ best film of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday named Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal drama “Roma” best film of the year, adding to the acclaimed film’s steadily mounting honors. Cuaron’s black-and-white film, a Netflix release, has been cleaning up many of the top prizes of awards season. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival …

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‘Ralph’ tops box office again, ‘Aquaman’ is a hit in China

NEW YORK (AP) — In the calm before the Christmas storm at the box office, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” remained No. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film “Aquaman” arrived with a cannonball-sized splash in Chinese theaters. For the second week in a row, no new wide releases opened in North American theaters, allowing …

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

Kevin Hart

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult. The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories. It’s just the latest controversy for the organization that puts on the Academy Awards, …

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Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

Kevin Hart

NEW YORK (AP) — Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Thursday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a distraction. “I sincerely …

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‘Avengers 4’ gets a title, trailer and new release date

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fourth “Avengers” movie finally has a title. Marvel Studios and the Walt Disney Co. said Friday that the highly anticipated, and closely guarded, conclusion to the “Infinity War” saga will be called “Avengers: Endgame.” The studios also released the first trailer for the film, in which Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character explains that Thanos really …

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The Latest: Kendrick Lamar leads all Grammy nominees with 8

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the announcement of nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammys: He’s the lead nominee with eight. Thanks to curating the soundtrack to “Black Panther,” Lamar earned nominations that include album, song and record of the year. Drake earned seven nominations …

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The Latest: Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

Kevin Hart

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Academy Awards (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Kevin Hart says he has stepped down as Oscars host following an outcry over previous anti-gay tweets by the comedian. Hart posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words. He said he stepped down so as not to …

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Dick Cheney biopic ‘Vice’ tops Golden Globes nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival “A Star Is Born,” the interracial road-trip drama “Green Book” and the period romp “The Favourite.” “Vice” topped all contenders in the …

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Kendrick Lamar, Cooper and Lady Gaga earn Golden Globe nods

Kendrick Lamar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations recognized Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s talents as actors, but Thursday’s announcement also came with a nod for their soulful duet “Shallow” from “A Star is Born.” They join an impressive roster of music stars who earned Globe nominations Thursday, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Dolly Parton, Annie Lennox and Troye Sivan and …

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Julia Roberts, more movie stars snare Golden Globe TV nods

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even the sometimes-offbeat Golden Globe Awards are unable to resist the allure of movie stars who dabble in television work. Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Jim Carrey and Michael Douglas were among the nominees announced Thursday for next month’s awards voted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Television’s increasing artistic prestige has persuaded more big-screen talent to …

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