Holiday TV: New musicals, romcoms, specials arrive in flurry | Entertainment

It’s December and pretty much every network and streaming service seemingly has a show aimed at spreading holiday cheer. For those looking to skip re-runs of Christmases past, there’s a bounty of fresh shows and specials targeted to traditionalists, romantics and family friendly entertainment. For those hungry for more, or just plain hungry, this guide … Read more

Disgraced former UK minister seeks reality TV redemption | National Entertainment

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New this week: ‘Spirited,’ Pokémon, ‘Nope’ and ‘Slumberland’ | Entertainment

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week. MOVIES — In “Nope,” Jordan Peele has once again made a rarity in Hollywood: a wholly original film that was also a box-office hit. In his third film as writer-director, … Read more

Federal court says beauty pageant can bar trans contestants | Entertainment

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Gerald Stern, prize-winning and lyrical poet, dies at 97 | ap-entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerald Stern, one of the country’s most loved and respected poets who wrote with spirited melancholy and earthly humor about his childhood, Judaism, mortality and the wonders of the contemplative life, has died. He was 97. Stern, New Jersey’s first poet laureate, died Thursday at Calvary Hospice in New York City, … Read more

Woman tests Danny Masterson raped, choked her in 2003 | State and Regional

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman broke down on the witness stand Wednesday while giving graphic testimony about a 2003 night when she said she emerged from unconsciousness to find actor Danny Masterson raping her. She is the first of three women who say Masterson raped them to testify during his Los Angeles trial. She … Read more

Angela Lansbury, ‘Murder She Wrote’ star, dies at 96 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Angela Lansbury, the scene-stealing British actor who kicked up her heels in the Broadway musicals “Mame” and “Gypsy” and solved endless murders as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV series “Murder, She Wrote, “Has died. She was 96. Lansbury died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, according to a … Read more

Former Fed chair Bernanke shares Nobel for research on banks | Entertainment News

STOCKHOLM (AP) — This year’s Nobel Prize in economic sciences has been awarded to the former chair of the US Federal Reserve, Ben S. Bernanke, and two US-based economists, Douglas W. Diamond and Philip H. Dybvig, “for research on banks and financial crises.” The prize was announced Monday by the Nobel panel at the Royal … Read more

Q&A: Amanda Gorman talks UN poem, fame, future presidency | National News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Amanda Gorman was invited to read a newly developed poem at the UN General Assembly, the young sensation took a deep look at how several societal issues — such as hunger and poverty — have impacted Earth’s preservation. Just like her stirring inauguration poem last year, Gorman felt compelled to … Read more

By the numbers: Facts and figures about the queen’s funeral | Entertainment News

LONDON (AP) — Events surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday cap 10 days of national mourning and are expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of people packed onto the streets of London and millions around the world. Those are just a few of the staggering array of numbers generated by the … Read more