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    'Burning,' 'Cold War' top AP's best films of 2018


    Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018.JAKE COYLE1. "Burning": It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year. Little to nothing separates my favorite 10 films,...

    Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018.JAKE COYLE1. "Burning": It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year. Little to nothing separates my favorite 10 films, or,...

    Review: 'Transformers' gets a great savior in 'Bumblebee'


    The "Transformers" movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out. It's become shorthand for bad blockbuster moviemaking — male-driven, mindless spectaculars with sophomoric humor. How can it be saved? Just hand the keys...

    The "Transformers" movie universe has lately been leaky and rusted out. It's become shorthand for bad blockbuster moviemaking — male-driven, mindless spectaculars with sophomoric humor. How can it be saved? Just hand the keys over...

    Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 23-29


    Dec. 23: Actor Ronnie Schell ("Gomer Pyle, USMC") is 87. Actor Frederic Forrest ("Lonesome Dove") is 82. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) is 78. Drummer Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly is 77. Actor-comedian...

    Dec. 23: Actor Ronnie Schell ("Gomer Pyle, USMC") is 87. Actor Frederic Forrest ("Lonesome Dove") is 82. Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) is 78. Drummer Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly is 77. Actor-comedian Harry...
    How Superman gave rise to superhero movies 40 years ago

    How Superman gave rise to superhero movies 40 years ago


    The poster tagline was "You'll believe a man can fly", but before December 15, 1978, it was some feat even to imagine how an earnest movie about a man in a red cape and tights could ever get off the ground.So much was so...

    The poster tagline was "You'll believe a man can fly", but before December 15, 1978, it was some feat even to imagine how an earnest movie about a man in a red cape and tights could ever get off the ground.So much was so different...
    Sideswipe: December 18: It's a big job

    Sideswipe: December 18: It's a big job


    Jackie writes: "You'd think picking up this branch on Marina View Drive in West Harbour would be quicker and easier than coming back, placing a cone and then subcontracting it to someone to remove it." Or was it just a gag from...

    Jackie writes: "You'd think picking up this branch on Marina View Drive in West Harbour would be quicker and easier than coming back, placing a cone and then subcontracting it to someone to remove it." Or was it just a gag from a...

    Country band Alabama mark 50 years with new tour


    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease.The Grammy-winning trio of...

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson's disease.The Grammy-winning trio of Randy...

    Meghan's father Thomas Markle appeals to her to call home


    LONDON (AP) — Thomas Markle appealed to his daughter Meghan to call home, saying Monday they hadn't spoken since her wedding to Prince Harry in May.The former actress, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, has ignored his...

    LONDON (AP) — Thomas Markle appealed to his daughter Meghan to call home, saying Monday they hadn't spoken since her wedding to Prince Harry in May.The former actress, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, has ignored his attempts...

    Jeff Bridges to receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Globes


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bridges may have once been considered as one of Hollywood's most underappreciated actors, but next month's Golden Globe Awards will showcase his life and illustrious career next month by bestowing him one...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bridges may have once been considered as one of Hollywood's most underappreciated actors, but next month's Golden Globe Awards will showcase his life and illustrious career next month by bestowing him one of...
    TVNZ apologises to Shortland Street audience after plane crash cliffhanger

    TVNZ apologises to Shortland Street audience after plane crash cliffhanger


    TVNZ has apologised after last night's Shortland Street cliffhanger featuring a deadly plane crash aired - within hours of a real life double-fatal aviation tragedy.The episode, which ran on Monday night, was the last for...

    TVNZ has apologised after last night's Shortland Street cliffhanger featuring a deadly plane crash aired - within hours of a real life double-fatal aviation tragedy.The episode, which ran on Monday night, was the last for the...
    Shortland St finale: Christmas is a deadly time in Ferndale

    Shortland St finale: Christmas is a deadly time in Ferndale


    Christmas is always a deadly time of year for the residents of Ferndale, and 2018 has proved to be no exception.Shortland Street aired its annual Christmas cliffhanger tonight, which saw justice served and left lives hanging...

    Christmas is always a deadly time of year for the residents of Ferndale, and 2018 has proved to be no exception.Shortland Street aired its annual Christmas cliffhanger tonight, which saw justice served and left lives hanging in...

    Top of mind: 'Justice' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year


    NEW YORK (AP) — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.The...

    NEW YORK (AP) — Racial justice. Obstruction of justice. Social justice. The Justice Department. Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months.The word...
    Idris Elba praised for 'perfect' response to #MeToo question

    Idris Elba praised for 'perfect' response to #MeToo question


    Idris Elba is being celebrated for his "perfect" observation on how the #MeToo movement has affected men.In an interview with The Sunday Times to promote the upcoming fifth season of his hit BBC series Luther , Elba was...

    Idris Elba is being celebrated for his "perfect" observation on how the #MeToo movement has affected men.In an interview with The Sunday Times to promote the upcoming fifth season of his hit BBC series Luther , Elba was asked...
    Grim truth behind gruesome Dark Knight scene

    Grim truth behind gruesome Dark Knight scene


    Ten years after The Dark Knight , the secret behind the late Heath Ledger's gruesome pencil killing scene has been revealed.In a scene from the film, The Joker is seen walking into a room full of people who are there to join...

    Ten years after The Dark Knight , the secret behind the late Heath Ledger's gruesome pencil killing scene has been revealed.In a scene from the film, The Joker is seen walking into a room full of people who are there to join forces...
    Netflix trials scene replay feature, dubbed obnoxious by users

    Netflix trials scene replay feature, dubbed obnoxious by users


    In a quest to provide the best user experience possible, Netflix likes to experiment on its users — but the company's latest effort has not gone down well.The streaming giant will often trial new features on a small segment of...

    In a quest to provide the best user experience possible, Netflix likes to experiment on its users — but the company's latest effort has not gone down well.The streaming giant will often trial new features on a small segment of its...

    Offset interruption of Cardi B at Rolling Loud spurs outrage


    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B is asking the public to not bash Offset, who became the target of internet outrage after he interrupted her set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles Saturday night and asked her to get back...

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cardi B is asking the public to not bash Offset, who became the target of internet outrage after he interrupted her set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles Saturday night and asked her to get back together...
    Michael Weatherly's former 'NCIS' co-stars lend support amidst sexual harassment allegations

    Michael Weatherly's former 'NCIS' co-stars lend support amidst sexual harassment allegations


    Michael Weatherly's former NCIS co-stars have rushed to his defence after it was revealed that CBS secretly paid actress Eliza Dushku a $13 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations.Pauley Perrette tweeted: "This...

    Michael Weatherly's former NCIS co-stars have rushed to his defence after it was revealed that CBS secretly paid actress Eliza Dushku a $13 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations.Pauley Perrette tweeted: "This man...
    Matt Damon nails hilarious Chris Hemsworth impersonation on Saturday Night Live

    Matt Damon nails hilarious Chris Hemsworth impersonation on Saturday Night Live


    It turns out Matt Damon can do a spot-on impression of Chris HemsworthDamon played the Aussie star in a Saturday Night Live sketch on the weekend about a bunch of celebrities auditioning to be next year's Oscars host."Host...

    It turns out Matt Damon can do a spot-on impression of Chris HemsworthDamon played the Aussie star in a Saturday Night Live sketch on the weekend about a bunch of celebrities auditioning to be next year's Oscars host."Host the...
    'Crazy, fabulous': Gabrielle reveals what it was like to party with Prince

    'Crazy, fabulous': Gabrielle reveals what it was like to party with Prince


    Gabrielle says Prince used to throw the "craziest parties".The 49-year-old singer - whose full name is Louisa Gabrielle Bobb - has spoken about the parties she used to attend that were thrown by the late music icon before his...

    Gabrielle says Prince used to throw the "craziest parties".The 49-year-old singer - whose full name is Louisa Gabrielle Bobb - has spoken about the parties she used to attend that were thrown by the late music icon before his tragic...
    After Mudbound, will Alfonso Cuaron's Roma be a victim of the Netflix curse?

    After Mudbound, will Alfonso Cuaron's Roma be a victim of the Netflix curse?


    I'm so glad Roma hit Netflix on Friday, because it gives me another chance to talk about Mudbound.Mudbound is the Netflix film that was briefly released in theaters last year to make sure it qualified for the Oscars. Mudbound,...

    I'm so glad Roma hit Netflix on Friday, because it gives me another chance to talk about Mudbound.Mudbound is the Netflix film that was briefly released in theaters last year to make sure it qualified for the Oscars. Mudbound, about...
    Fury after Offset crashes Cardi B's stage to win her back

    Fury after Offset crashes Cardi B's stage to win her back


    Cardi B has urged her fans to be kinder to her estranged husband Offset after he begged for her forgiveness on stage.The 26-year-old rapper was performing at Rolling Loud festival in Los Angeles on Sunday when the Migos star -...

    Cardi B has urged her fans to be kinder to her estranged husband Offset after he begged for her forgiveness on stage.The 26-year-old rapper was performing at Rolling Loud festival in Los Angeles on Sunday when the Migos star - with...