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Who’s next: End of an era as “Doctor Who” gets a new star

LONDON — For millions of Britons, a traditional Christmas Day includes turkey, brussels sprouts, Christmas pudding — and a special seasonal episode of "Doctor Who." The global success of the venerable sci-fi series means that fans around the world will also tune in Monday to watch Peter ...

What makes Will Smith’s world ‘Bright’ – money, he jokes

LOS ANGELES — "Just money. Lots of money." So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release "Bright." The seasoned film cop and science fiction star does it all over again, ...

When it comes to holiday cards, which celebs do it right?

NEW YORK — Holiday cards of the paper and stamp variety still get sent, so what does that look like celebrity to celebrity? Hugh Jackman of "The Greatest Showman" wasn't giving up any names, but he told The Associated Press recently there does sometimes feel like a competition this time of ...

Fox’s version of ‘Christmas Story’ fails to excite television viewers

NEW YORK — To judge by the collective shrug that viewers greeted Fox's performance of "A Christmas Story Live!," the fascination with live theater on television may have run its course. The Nielsen company said that Fox's telecast was seen by 4.52 million viewers on Sunday night. That's ...

Disney buying much of Fox, will help it compete with Netflix

NEW YORK — Disney is buying a large part of Fox, including its movie and television studios, for about $52.4 billion, as the home of Mickey Mouse tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. Disney's all-stock deal for the Murdoch family's 21st Century ...

NBC’s ‘Today’ in ratings lead after Lauer’s firing

NEW YORK — Matt who? NBC's "Today" show was the most-watched morning program for the first full week after long-time host Matt Lauer was fired because of sexual misconduct charges. The Nielsen company said it was the first time in a year that "Today" had beaten its rival "Good Morning ...

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, ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...