What makes Christmas movies so popular

If you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans’ winter celebrations. A still from the 1946 classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’ National Telefilm Associates The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers’ attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics. Holiday movies…

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Going once? Original Batman and Robin costumes going to auction

Worn by actors Adam West and Burt Ward, both outfits together could fetch $200,000 when bids come in next month. A pair of Batman and Robin outfits, described as the only known complete costumes worn on the 1960s television show, is going up for auction in Los Angeles – and the owner is determined that his childhood comic book heroes stay together. The costumes, worn by actors Adam West and Burt Ward, are just two of more than 200 items of pop culture from five decades back being sold from…

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Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominate Grammy nods

The highest awards in the music industry favoured diversity over established stars such as Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Pop newcomers Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and country rapper Lil Nas X dominated Grammy nominations on Wednesday in a list for the highest awards in the music industry that favoured diversity and women over established stars such as Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Lizzo, the body-positive Truth Hurts and Juice singer, scored a leading eight nods, including in the top categories of album and record of the year and best new artist.…

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Sandler, Pattinson indie films top Spirit Award nominations

The awards are seen as a strong indicator of the independent movies that could eventually be Oscar winners. Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson saw their Oscar hopes boosted on Thursday as, Uncut Gems, and, The Lighthouse, led the Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations with five each, in the unofficial start to Hollywood’s annual prize-giving season. While major studio releases are not eligible for the Spirit Awards, the prizes are still seen as a strong indicator of the independent movies that could eventually be Oscar winners. Sandler stars as a brash,…

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Clint Eastwood seeks to restore 1996 Atlanta bomb hero’s legacy

New films restores ‘hero’ status of security guard wrongly accused of being behind the Atlanta Olympics bombing. Clint Eastwood’s new film restores the “hero” status of the security guard whose life was ripped apart by claims he bombed the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the director and stars said on Wednesday. “Richard Jewell” dramatises the story of the innocent man who found himself at the centre of a terrorism investigation and devastating media storm following the blast at the Summer Games which led to two deaths and wounded over 100 people. The…

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Film studios may soon be able to buy theaters if rules change

A 70-year-old antitrust settlement currently bars Hollywood studios from owning theaters. The U.S. Justice Department will ask a court to terminate a 70-year-old antitrust settlement that barred Hollywood studios from owning theaters or trying to force movie houses from playing films they didn’t want. The agreements, known as the Paramount Pictures consent decrees, no longer serve the public interest, Makan Delrahim, the head of the department’s antitrust division, said in a speech in Washington Monday. The U.S. Justice Department will ask a court to terminate a 70-year-old antitrust settlement that…

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Sesame Street marks 50th anniversary

The puppet-filled children’s show is celebrating its golden jubilee. Children’s show Sesame Street – which airs in 150 countries around the globe and is one of the most popular American brands – is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Filled with jingles and positivity, the show also tackles serious issues like death, HIV, homelessness and divorce. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

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Female comedian booed after confronting Weinstein

Kelly Bachman booed after protesting Harvey Weinstein’s presence at an event for young actors in Manhattan. A female comedian was booed and two women asked to leave after protesting Harvey Weinstein’s presence at an event for young actors in New York, news reports said. The disgraced Hollywood mogul is currently awaiting trial on charges of sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty. Comedian Kelly Bachman, 27, was performing on Wednesday night in the “Actor’s Hour” at a bar in lower Manhattan where Weinstein was in attendance, according to BuzzFeed News.…

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Technology is remaking the theater experience

Media companies, using the latest technology, are reshaping the experience of going to the theater. When Comedian James Corden kicked off the Tony Awards this year, his opening number was a full-throated endorsement of the live theatrical experience. “It’s live, we do it live, and every single moment’s unrepeatable,” the late-night TV host sang. “There is a visceral bliss you only get in a theater seeing people do this.” Turns out he was not correct. These days, you can watch a Broadway musical from a subway train seat. You can…

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Disney CEO Reveals How ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Captain Marvel’ Almost Never Got Made

It’s fair to say Disney CEO Bob Iger has turned into the closest thing Walt Disney was when running his own company. After some up and down years during the Michael Eisner era, Iger amended many things, including slightly resembling Walt Disney in an avuncular way. One change he made was making Disney more inclusive, even if also brokering deals essentially gobbling up a good chunk of entertainment conglomerates. If you feel a bit uneasy about Disney practically owning the world lately, let’s at least give credit to Iger for…

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What to look for in a streaming music service

A fundamental consideration is the extensiveness of the music library As music streaming service options open up, discerning which to choose becomes a challenge. PC magazine’s “Editor’s Choice” pick is Sirius XM Internet Radio; however, at $10.99 per month, this is also the most expensive streaming service featured in July’s “The Best Online Music Streaming Services for 2019.” The other nine are: Tidal, Amazon Music, LiveXLive, Spotify, Apple, Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio and Pandora. Consumer Reports provided a comprehensive rundown this year, providing price, who it’s best for, pros…

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Amy Schumer made a funny reference to Jessica Simpson’s 100-pound weight loss, and the singer had a cheeky response

When Amy Schumer referenced Jessica Simpson’s recent weight loss on Monday, the two stars had a hilarious and supportive interaction. Schumer, who gave birth to her first child in May, shared a photo of herself at the beach on Instagram. “Ok Simpson!” she captioned the image. “Well ive lost 10 pounds and 100 dollars to my sister playing poker.” Schumer also added the hashtag, “no rush.” Simpson recently made headlines when she revealed she’s lost 100 pounds since giving birth in March. The mom of three said she’s “so proud…

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The sad fate of Officer Rib Tickles, the dog cop who was too funny for ‘Toy Story 4’

Woody and the gang are on a mission to save Forky, a plaything made from a spork, in “Toy Story 4.” Pixar Steel yourself for the sad tale of Officer Rib Tickles, the victim of a double crime. “Toy Story 4” audiences were meant to mourn the dog cop character who had been  swallowed by a cat. Then the whole character was cut from the Pixar film, which gets its digital release Tuesday, arriving on Blu-ray Oct. 8. “It pained me to take Rib Tickles out,” says director Josh Cooley. Officer Tickles was…

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6 Shows for Some Women-Led Belly Laughs

Time and time again women have proven that viewers are interested in the stories they tell. Before the advent and popularity of streaming services such as Netflix, I watched shows and movies that were available through my cable package. Growing up in the ’90s and early aughts, I rarely watched comedies that starred women. And if I did come across comedies with women in the lead, the women were vying to be the objects of men’s affection, like in Clueless, or men were trying to get their attention (sometimes with…

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Guizerr’s new gaming arena ‘House Of Games’ offers free new colorful and addicting casino games

A new gaming platform aiming at bring together gaming enthusiasts for fun and money. The House Of Games Casino has in total about 70 games, which can satisfy any gambling gamer’s need for excitement. All kinds of online emulators are gathered here, so that anyone could find a game to his taste. For example: Poker – Caribbean, Russian, Oasis to play with a dealer; Blackjack – One Deck, European, Six Deck, Double Exposure; Baccarat; Roulette – European and American; HD slots for fans of modern simulators; Retro slots – for…

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