Entertainment

HBO, ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Globes in TV nods

NEW YORK — The actors from HBO's limited series "Big Little Lies" will have quite an internal competition at the Golden Globes next month. Powerhouse actresses Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are both nominated for best actress for a limited TV series, while colleagues Laura Dern, ...

This image released by Disney-Pixar shows characters Miguel, voiced by Anthony Gonzalez in a scene from the animated film, "Coco." (Disney-Pixar via AP)

‘Coco’ tops box office again before ‘Star Wars’ hits

LOS ANGELES — The animated family film "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Coco" added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million. The weekend's sole new ...

Bada bing! New Jersey whacks ‘Sopranos’ strip club

LODI, N.J. — A New Jersey strip club that served as a favorite hangout for fictional mobsters in HBO's "The Sopranos" has been ordered to shut down as authorities investigate possible real-life crimes. Scenes at the show's fictional Bada Bing club were shot inside Satin Dolls in Lodi. On ...

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura speaks with reporters Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 about the settlement of his defamation lawsuit against "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his estate in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Ventura glad legal battle against ‘American Sniper’ is over

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura denounced the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle on Monday as an "American Liar" and said he feels vindicated in his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate, though he declined to say how much his settlement is ...

LA Critics name ‘Call Me By Your Name’ best film of 2017

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted "Call Me By Your Name" the best film of the year, bestowing a total of three awards on Luca Guadagnino's erotic coming-of-age tale. The critics, who announced their awards Sunday on Twitter, also named the film's breakout star, ...

Lauer apologizes, NBC looks to move on

NEW YORK — Even as Matt Lauer apologized for sexual misconduct and NBC prepared for life without him at the "Today" show Thursday, questions lingered about who knew about his behavior and whether women at the network could have been protected. Lauer was fired late Tuesday after an NBC ...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Matt Lauer arrives at an event in New York. NBC News announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer was fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior." (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)

Matt Lauer is fired at NBC

NEW YORK — "Today" show host Matt Lauer was fired for what NBC on Wednesday called "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague and was promptly confronted with a published report accusing him of crude and habitual misconduct with other women around the office. With his easygoing charm, ...

Alcohol permit sought for events at Prince’s Paisley Park

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Operators of Prince's former home and recording complex in Minnesota are seeking a special permit so they can serve alcohol during the week of the Super Bowl. Some people are questioning the request, noting the late musician didn't allow alcohol to be served at public ...

Box office top 20: ‘Coco’ displaces ‘Justice League’

NEW YORK — Riding strong reviews and an A-plus CinemaScore from audiences, Pixar's "Coco" opened with $50.8 million over the weekend and $72.9 million since opening Wednesday, according to final box-office figures Monday. Centered on the Mexican holiday Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the ...

This Nov. 16, 2017 photo shows actor-producer Paul Reiser in New York. Reiser stars in the Netflix series, "Stranger Things," and produced, co-created and wrote a 7-episode Hulu series, “There’s … Johnny!,” a comedic peek behind the scenes of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” circa 1972. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Paul Reiser’s new comedy recalls the world of Johnny Carson

NEW YORK — Her-r-r-r-rre's Paul Reiser! You can find him on the Amazon comedy "Red Oaks," whose third and final season was recently released with Reiser as the power-packing president of a New Jersey country club in the 1980s. You can also find him on the just-posted second season of ...

Disney Animation, Pixar chief John Lasseter taking leave

LOS ANGELES — Just days before Pixar's "Coco" is set to hit theaters, Pixar co-founder and Walt Disney Animation chief John Lasseter announced he is taking a six-month leave of absence citing "missteps" with employees. The boisterous, Hawaiian shirt-wearing personality behind some of the ...

This image released by Buzzfeed shows Saeed Jones, left, and Isaac Fitzgerald, cohosts of BuzzFeed News AM to DM. Launched quietly in late September from a studio in BuzzFeed's Manhattan office, "AM to DM" is a breezy mix of news and pop culture. Viewers can click on Twitter and watch the stream live, or catch highlights later in the day.  (Drew Reynolds/Buzzfeed via AP)

Twitter, BuzzFeed join for breezy online morning show

NEW YORK — Twitter and BuzzFeed initially planned to start their new morning show, "AM to DM," each weekday at 8 a.m. Then they considered their likely audience, and scheduled it for 10. Now there's time to wake up leisurely, have coffee and fire up your smartphone. Hosts Isaac Fitzgerald ...

Study: Women and minority TV directors make modest gains

LOS ANGELES — Women and minority television directors made modest gains last season, but the majority of television episodes are still directed by white men, the Directors Guild of America found in a study released Tuesday. The guild's study states that 62 percent of nearly 4,500 ...

In ‘Justice League,’ DC looks beyond Batman and Superman

NEW YORK — Peace never reigns in the pages of DC Comics. There's always a world to be saving, a cataclysm to avert. The making of the DC superhero team-up film "Justice League" was hardly any more tranquil. Made in the wake of the disappointment surrounding its predecessor, "Batman v ...

This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Johnny Depp in a scene from, "Murder on the Orient Express." (Nicola Dove/Twentieth Century Fox via AP)

‘Thor’ tops ‘Daddy’s Home 2,’ ‘Orient Express’ at box office

LOS ANGELES — The God of Thunder isn't ready to relinquish his box office throne yet. Studios estimated Sunday that "Thor: Ragnarok" added $56.6 million from North American theaters in its second weekend, bringing its domestic total to $211.6 million. The film, from Disney and Marvel and ...

FILE - This file image provided by Lucasfilm shows a scene from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," expected in theaters in December. Disney's $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and "Star Wars" just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse. The company is banking on the latest installments, "The Last Jedi" in December 2017 and a Han Solo movie in May 2018, to drive people to theaters. But that's far from the end of the money-making opportunities. (Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm via AP, File)

Disney hopes for its next blockbuster in newest ‘Star Wars’ movie

NEW YORK — Disney's $4 billion deal for Lucasfilm and "Star Wars" just keeps getting better for the House of Mouse. The company is banking on the latest installments, "The Last Jedi" in December and a Han Solo movie in May, to drive people to theaters. But that's far from the end of ...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, hosts Brad Paisley, left, and Carrie Underwood appear at the 48th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Paisley and Underwood are celebrating their 10-year anniversary as hosts of the Country Music Association Awards. The duo has hosted the show consecutively since 2008. They return Wednesday for the 2017 CMA Awards.  (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Carrie Underwood, Paisley celebrating a decade as CMA hosts

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are celebrating their 10-year anniversary — as hosts of the Country Music Association Awards. The duo has hosted the show consecutively since 2008, and they return Wednesday for the 2017 CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. While ...

A visitor views items in "The Rise of Yachting" section, part of the "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez," Louis Vuitton exhibit, in the former American Stock Exchange building, in New York Financial District, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The luxury French brand, founded in the mid-19th century, is telling its story with a free, museum-like exhibition of artifacts, products and immersive displays. The exhibition is on view at the American Stock Exchange Building in Lower Manhattan until Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The story of Louis Vuitton:

NEW YORK — As travel changed, so did luggage. That's the story told by an elaborate exhibition about Louis Vuitton, the luxury luggage and fashion brand. The exhibition, free to visit and on display in Lower Manhattan through Jan. 7, is called "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez," which means fly, ...

Sony pulls festival premiere of ‘All the Money,’ with Spacey

NEW YORK — Sony Pictures has pulled the film "All the Money in the World" from its AFI Fest premiere following the sexual misconduct allegations made against co-star Kevin Spacey. In a statement Monday, Sony's TriStar Pictures said it was withdrawing the film from the Los Angeles festival ...

In $121M debut, ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and Disney flex their might

NEW YORK — "Thor: Ragnarok" thundered to one of the year's best box-office debuts with an estimated $121 million domestically, proving again — just as its flexing its muscle — the might of the Walt Disney Co. The robust debut for Marvel's third "Thor" movie was a welcome shot in the arm ...