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Metacritic Movie ReviewsDec 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns
In 1930s depression-era London, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep).Rated: PGRelease Date: Dec 19, 2018

NYTimes ArtsDec 18, 2018
Penny Marshall Movie and TV Moments
A look at key screen moments (and where to watch them) from the career of the director and actress.

Penny Marshall Played an Underachiever on TV. In Real Life She Was Anything But (Time Entertainment)

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
How 'Laverne & Shirley' Co-Stars and Theme Song Scored Hits on the Billboard Charts
As the world mourns the loss of Penny Marshall -- who died Tuesday (Dec. 18) from diabetes complications at age 75 -- Billboard takes a look back at...

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Diane Warren & More Mourn the Death of Penny Marshall (Billboard Music News)
Penny Marshall, 'Laverne & Shirley' Star Turned Director, Dies at 75 (Billboard Music News)

BBC Entertainment & ArtsDec 18, 2018
Penny Marshall: US TV star and director dies aged 75
After starring in TV series Laverne & Shirley, she went on to become a director of hits such as Big.

Penny Marshall, TV Sitcom Star and Hollywood Director, Dies at 75 (NYTimes Arts)

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
The Latest: Judge orders Flynn to stay within 50 miles of DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russia investigation (all times local):

Michael Flynn Probably Didn't Commit Treason (Yahoo! Books)

Yahoo! TVDec 18, 2018
And the winner of ‘The Voice' Season 15 is…
Who won: Kirk Jay, Kennedy Holmes, Chris Kroeze, or Chevel Shepherd?

‘The Voice' and ‘America's Got Talent' special adjust down: Monday final ratings (TV by the Numbers)

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Judge delays sentencing for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, for lying to FBI about Russia
Judge postpones sentencing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, for lying to FBI about Russia contacts.

New York Times MoviesDec 18, 2018
Streaming Movie Review: ‘The American Meme' Review: For Influencers, Social Media Is Only Skin Deep
In Bret Marcus's film, all the likes and follows in the world can't give you "real" love.

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
US surgeon general urges crackdown on e-cigarettes 'epidemic' among teenagers
The US surgeon general has urged an aggressive clamp down on e-cigarettes, recommending punitive taxes and bans on them being used at indoor public venues. It followed an explosion in "vaping" - inhaling e-cigarettes - among teenagers, with figures showing one in five high school pupils were using them. Jerome Adams, America's top doctor, said action was needed to prevent millions of teenagers becoming hooked on the high-nicotine devices. In a rare public advisory he said parents, teachers and doctors must work together to address an epidemic of underage vaping, which was putting the health and brain development of young people at risk. E-cigarettes and other vaping devices have been sold in the US since 2007 and are now a $6.6 billion business. Most devices heat a flavored nicotine solution into an inhalable vapour, and have been marketed to adult smokers as a less-harmful alternative to cigarettes.  Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general Credit: AP However, some research suggests that teenagers who vape are more likely to then try regular cigarettes. US law bans the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18. But a government survey found an estimated 3.6 million US teenagers currently use e-cigarettes. In the past year use increased by 78 per cent among high school pupils, with one fifth of them now using the devices. For 17 and 18-year-olds the figure rose to 37 per cent. Mr Adams singled out Juul, a Silicon Valley company, which has come to dominate the e-cigarette mark

Ryan on Track for His Final Act as Speaker: Government Shutdown (Yahoo! Books)

New York Times BooksDec 18, 2018
The Best Photo Books of 2018
In a time of omnipresent digital images, books remain one of the most powerful ways of showing the riches of photography.

Books of The Times: A Masterpiece That Requires Your Full Attention — and a Lot of Time (New York Times Books)

Rolling Stone Movie ReviewsDec 18, 2018
‘Mary Poppins Returns' Review: Too Many Spoonfuls of Sugar
It's no surprise that Mary Poppins Returns, an industrial-strength sugarplum, doesn't ?live up to the 1964 […]

TV by the NumbersDec 18, 2018
Monday cable ratings: NFL wins the night, WWE ticks up
Another Monday, another strong showing for ESPN and the NFL.…

Sunday cable ratings: ‘Outlander' stays steady, ‘Dirty John' takes a hit (TV by the Numbers)

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Comey's second testimony transcript is released
Transcripts of former FBI director's closed-door testimony have been released; Catherine Herridge has the latest.

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
Gen Hoshino & Mark Ronson Perform Double-Headlining Show in Japan
Japanese hitmaker Gen Hoshino teamed up with British DJ and music producer Mark Ronson for a double-headlining concert at Chiba's Makuhari Messe...

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Transcript released from James Comey's second closed-door testimony
Comey testified before a House panel about 2016 FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private emails; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
Olivia Newton-John Memoir Due Out in U.S. in 2019
Olivia Newton-John's autobiography, released last fall in her longtime home Australia, comes out in the U.S. in 2019. Gallery Books, an imprint...

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Judge blasts former Trump adviser Flynn ahead of sentencing
In court for his sentencing, Flynn stood by his guilty plea as U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan warned him he could face prison time.

USA Today: BooksDec 18, 2018
Olivia Newton-John's autobiography coming out in US in 2019
Olivia Newton-John's autobiography, released last fall in her longtime home Australia, comes out in the U.S. in 2019.         

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jimmy Fallon Turn 2018's Biggest Pop Hits Into Christmas Songs on 'Tonight Show': Watch
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon spread some holiday cheer to The Tonight Show on Monday night (Dec. 17) by cycling through festive...

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
CBS: Ex-CEO Les Moonves will be denied $120 million severance package
CBS said an investigation found grounds to terminate Les Moonves "for cause," including his failure to "cooperate fully" with investigators.

Yahoo! TVDec 18, 2018
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon Perform Holiday Mashup of Cardi B and More on The Tonight Show
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jimmy Fallon Perform Epic Holiday Mashup

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
New Zealand warns Google over naming murder accused
New Zealand warned Google to "take responsibility" for its news content Wednesday, after the internet giant broke a court order suppressing the name of a man charged with murdering a British backpacker. An Auckland court granted the man interim name suppression this month but Google revealed his identity in an email to subscribers of its "what's trending in New Zealand?" service. Justice Minister Andrew Little said the breach was unacceptable and he had made his views known to Google executives at a meeting in parliament on Tuesday night.

Playbill NewsDec 18, 2018
Award-Winning Broken Box Mime Theater Will Present Skin Off-Broadway
The collection of original short plays, all set to music, will begin performances January 18, 2019, at the A.R.T./New York Theatres.

AV Club FilmsDec 18, 2018
Director Pawel Pawlikowski on the origins of Cold War, his Palme D'Or-nominated film
Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski's latest film is Cold War, the Palme D'Or-nominated love story between a man and a woman who meet in the ruins of post-World War II Poland. In honor of the film, which recently made the Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film, we sat down with Pawlikowski to talk about the…


Playbill NewsDec 18, 2018
Off-Broadway Toy Drive Offers a Free Ticket With Every Donation
Participating shows include Puffs, A Child's Christmas, and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.

Reuters EntertainmentDec 18, 2018
Penny Marshall, 'Big' director and TV's 'Laverne,' dead at 75
Penny Marshall, who played an endearingly graceless character with a thick Bronx accent in U.S. television's "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming a pioneering film director with hits including "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died at 75, her publicist said on Tuesday.

Director and Actress Penny Marshall Dead at 75 (Vulture)
Penny Marshall, Director and ‘Laverne & Shirley' Actress, Dead at 75 (Rolling Stone Movie News)

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Justice Department Moves Forward With Trump's Bump Stock Ban
The Justice Department on Tuesday moved to implement President Donald Trump's

Yahoo! TVDec 18, 2018
‘The Terror' Season 2 Adds George Takei as Series Regular, Consultant
George Takei has boarded "The Terror" Season 2 both as a series regular and consultant. The second season of the AMC anthology series takes place during World War II and is set, in part, in a Japanese-American internment camp. Takei himself was imprisoned in two such internment camps when he was a child. As a consultant, […]

Playbill NewsDec 18, 2018
Entire Off-Broadway Cast of Be More Chill Will Make the Move to Broadway
The entire Off-Broadway company will return to the musical when it debuts on Broadway in February 2019.

TV by the NumbersDec 18, 2018
TV Ratings Monday: ‘Happy Together' hits new low, ‘The Voice' rebounds
Broadcast primetime live same-day ratings for Monday, December 17,…

TV by the NumbersDec 18, 2018
'60 Minutes' and ‘Sunday Night Football' adjust up: Sunday final ratings
Final broadcast primetime live same-day ratings for Sunday, December…

VultureDec 18, 2018
Cold War Is a Stunning Love Story

This review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival.Like nearly any Broadway musical you can think of, Cold War is a love story told through love songs. They start off early in the film, sung by peasants in rural postwar Poland, plaintive, heart-piercing melodies about impossible loves. Whether the voices ... More »

BBC Entertainment & ArtsDec 18, 2018
Making a Murderer detective sues Netflix for defamation
A former detective alleges the show suggests he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery.

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
Watch Ariana Grande Join Jimmy Fallon for 'SNL' Christmas Song Performance
It was a blast from holidays past on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (Dec. 18).   To celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, Jimmy...

NYTimes ArtsDec 18, 2018
These Celebrities Actually Want to Host the Oscars
As the academy struggles to find a replacement for Kevin Hart, several stars have nominated themselves for the job.

Yahoo! ArtsDec 18, 2018
Trump willing to look at extraditing Turkish cleric, but noncommittal
"The only thing he said is that we would take a look at it," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. "Nothing further at this point beyond that ... nothing committal at all in that process." Turkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Trump told Erdogan that Washington was working on extraditing the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who has lived in self-imposed U.S. exile for nearly two decades. Asked about the comment on Monday, another White House official said only that Trump did not commit to extraditing Gulen when he spoke to Erdogan at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires last month.

VultureDec 18, 2018
George Takei Will Encounter Dark Forces in The Terror Season 2

The first season of The Terror took place on a Royal Navy ship that experienced a whole bunch of bad on a frozen stretch of sea in the 19th century. The second season in this anthology series will be moving to the United States during World War II, and George ... More »

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
Live Nation Appoints Kelly Flanigan As President of Washington D.C.
Live Nation has appointed Kelly Flanigan as president of Washington DC within the company's U.S. concerts division. Flanigan will oversee...

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
Will NORAD's Santa Tracker still monitor St. Nick's journey even if there's a government shutdown?
NORAD's Santa Tracker has monitored the Jolly Ol' Man's journey across the globe on Christmas Eve for more than 60 years.

BBC Entertainment & ArtsDec 18, 2018
Fresh Prince star sues Fortnite creators over Carlton dance
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, says the game copied his moves.

Yahoo! BooksDec 18, 2018
The best and worst times to travel for Christmas
AAA predicts that more than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season, so knowing the best and worst times for traffic and weather can cut down your trip time.

Yahoo! ArtsDec 18, 2018
Factbox: Mueller and other probes posing risk for Trump
A special counsel investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump has already secured more than 30 indictments and guilty pleas and has spawned at least four federal probes. With less than three weeks to go before they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are jockeying to lead overlapping investigations into the president. Trump denies any collusion and has long denounced the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a "witch hunt." Moscow has denied it interfered in the election.

Billboard Music NewsDec 18, 2018
'Fresh Prince' Star Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Maker Over 'Carlton Dance'
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is suing the creators of Fortnite and NBA 2K for using his famous dance on the popular video...

Playbill NewsDec 18, 2018
Playbill Vault's Today in Theatre History: December 18

Time EntertainmentDec 17, 2018
CBS Denies $120 Million Severance to Former CEO Les Moonves
A statement from the board cited Moonves' "willful and material misfeasance"

AV Club FilmsDec 17, 2018
Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly hope more young people learn about Laurel & Hardy
In their new film Stan & Ollie, Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as Stanley "Stan" Laurel and Oliver "Ollie" Hardy, better known as Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams. Ahead of the film's premiere at the end of the month, we spoke with Coogan and Reilly about playing one of Hollywood's great…


VultureDec 17, 2018
Retired Wisconsin Detective Sues Netflix and Making A Murderer Filmmakers for Defamation

In 2015, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos's Emmy-winning true crime docuseries Making a Murderer introduced the world to Steven Avery and Brandan Dassey, a Wisconsin uncle and nephew found guilty of the 2005 murder of photographer Teresa Halbach. The Netflix show critiqued the pair's conviction from myriad angles, calling into ... More »

‘Making A Murderer' Detective Sues Netflix for Defamation (Yahoo! TV)

Roger Ebert Movie ReviewsDec 17, 2018
Melancholy Optimist: Pawel Pawlikowski on Cold War
Radio stations are pulling the standard from holiday playlists. Cable channels are debating it. And William Shatner is very worked up.

VultureDec 17, 2018
Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Over Use of His Signature Fresh Prince Dance, The Carlton

In some sense, The Carlton belongs to all of us, an integral thread in the vast tapestry that was America in the 1990s. In a different, more specific sense, however, the exuberant dance everyone under the age of death and over the age of birth is well-known because of one man: ... More » Movie NewsDec 17, 2018
Comics on Film: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Weaves an Incredible Web of Humor, Vibrancy and Heart
Live-action adaptations of superhero characters are often looked at by most moviegoers as prime examples of what the characters can achieve when adapted into a new medium. Most embedded comics fans, however, know that animated offerings - whether they're on film or television - can often prove to be more truthful to the spirits of the characters, along with having the potential to be extraordinarily imaginative in their execution. Over the past 25 years, superhero animation has evolved steadily from a moment of renaissance exhibited visibly by 1992's Batman: The Animated Series. It should come as little surprise that the single theatrical outing that series and its creators produced - 1993's stellar Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - is often...
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Billboard Music NewsDec 17, 2018
Rita Ora Performs 'Let You Love Me,' Reveals Jamie Oliver Sent Her a Christmas Turkey Dinner on 'Live With Kelly & Ryan'
Rita Ora joined Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly & Ryan as a co-host on Monday (Dec. 17), where she shared some hilarious stories and...

Michael Che of 'Saturday Night Live' says president 'is supposed to know the law' (Yahoo! Books)

Reuters EntertainmentDec 17, 2018
Jeff Bridges to receive lifetime achievement honor at Golden Globes
Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award at January's Golden Globes ceremony for his wide range of work, from Western "True Grit" to comedy "The Big Lebowski," the Hollywood Foreign Press Association said on Monday.

Playbill NewsDec 17, 2018
Concord Music Acquires Samuel French, Forms New Theatrical Licensing Conglomerate Concord Theatricals
The new addition follows earlier acquisitions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals and Tams-Witmark libraries and creation of The Musical Company.

AV Club FilmsDec 17, 2018
No Need to Travel Through Time For This Deal on Outlander Season 3 on Blu-ray, Plus Limited Edition Ornament; It's Happening Now.
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VultureDec 17, 2018
Is There a Jewish Spider-Man in Into the Spider-Verse? An Investigation

For most of the history of superhero fiction, religion was something of a taboo, especially when it came to Judaism. Superman, Batman, Captain America — these were all figures invented by Jews, but the characters never evinced any particular spiritual beliefs, and certainly weren't depicted as being Jewish. Spider-Man was ... More »

Rolling Stone Movie NewsDec 17, 2018
Jeff Bridges to Abide Over Golden Globes With Cecil B. DeMille Award
Actor to be honored at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles

Time EntertainmentDec 16, 2018
Animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Swings to the Top of the Weekend Box Office
The film features an innovative animation style — both CGI and hand-drawn

Reuters EntertainmentDec 07, 2018
NY judge orders rapper Cardi B to stay away from victims in brawl
A New York judge on Friday ordered rapper Cardi B to have no contact with two bartenders she allegedly attacked in a strip-club brawl, but allowed her to remain free after she skipped a court appearance earlier in the week.
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