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Oscars look to 'La La Land,' Jimmy Kimmel for ratings boost

LOS ANGELES -- If the Oscars had doubled down on nominating films with actors named Ryan, the ceremony's chances for a ratings bounce might be as likely as host Jimmy Kimmel's Trump jokes.
Saluting a blockbuster like Ryan Reynolds' "Deadpool" is the surest way to lure viewers.
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Hearing in Roman Polanski's long-running case delayed

LOS ANGELES -- A hearing to unseal testimony in Roman Polanski's long-running underage sex case has been delayed.
The Los Angeles Superior Court sent out a notice Wednesday stating that a hearing scheduled for Friday has been delayed a new date has not yet formally been set.
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Director Kenneth Lonergan reacts to ‘Manchester by the Sea’ success

Oscar-nominee Kenneth Lonergan reacts to the heartbreaking success of Manchester by the Sea
Manchester by the Sea started life as a conversation between Matt Damon and John Krasinski.
Damon took the project to award-winning playwright and filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan, who wrote a screenplay and eventually directed the movie himself.
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Johnny Depp blames years of tax problems on ex-managers

Johnny Depp has accused his former managers of costing him more than $6 million in tax penalties and fines as part of their ongoing legal battle.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star sued bosses at The Management Group (TMG) for fraud last month , alleging they mishandled his finances by collecting $28 million in fees he never agreed to, repeatedly failing to file his taxes in a timely manner, and loaning roughly $10 million of his money without being authorised to do so.
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Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams spotted singing karaoke in Calgary

Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, has been spotted in Calgary and Banff over the last couple of days, apparently taking a break from shooting scenes with Alberta wolves for the seventh season of Game of Thrones.
The 19-year-old actress reportedly sang karaoke at Ducky’s in Calgary and has visited various areas in Banff.
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In Oscar winners about Hollywood, undercurrents of anxiety

NEW YORK -- Hollywood is ready for its close-up. Again.
If Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" is to win best picture at Sunday's Academy Awards -- and just about everyone thinks it's going to -- it will surely go down as another in a run of movies about Hollywood to be celebrated by Hollywood.
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David Bowie, Emeli Sande among winners at 2017 Brit Awards

The Brit Award for album of the year has been awarded to David Bowie for Blackstar. It is the latest posthumous honor for Bowie, and the second Brit Award he won Wednesday.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, accepted the award on his behalf, noting that his father died the same year Jones became a father.
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David Bowie, George Michael honoured at Brit Awards [Photos]

LONDON — The Brit Awards recognized big international stars including Drake and Beyonce and a cross-section of home-grown talent Wednesday — but the ceremony was overshadowed by the much-missed David Bowie and George Michael.
Bowie, who died in January 2016 at age 69, was crowned British male artist of the year and won British album of the year for “Blackstar,” released days before his death.
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David Bowie honours, George Michael tribute top 2017 Brit Awards

The Brit Award for album of the year has been awarded to David Bowie for Blackstar. It is the latest posthumous honor for Bowie, and the second Brit Award he won Wednesday.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, accepted the award on his behalf, noting that his father died the same year Jones became a father.
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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' heading to Netflix

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro’s long-awaited mob movie The Irishman is heading to the small screen thanks to a distribution deal with streaming service Netflix.
The longtime collaborators, whose previous hits together include Raging Bull and Goodfellas, were first linked to the biopic about real-life union official-turned-mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran in 2008, but production plans with Paramount Pictures executives in 2011 stalled due to scheduling issues.
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Judge nixes Lisa Marie Presley's spousal support to husband

LOS ANGELES -- Lisa Marie Presley will not have to pay spousal support to her estranged husband while they fight over her assets, but she will have to pay some of his attorney's fees, a judge ruled Wednesday.
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Oscars 2017: Andrew Garfield reflects on trading Spider-Man for 'Hacksaw Ridge'

LOS ANGELES – In Hollywood – if you’re lucky – when one door closes, another opens up.
Just ask Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield.
The rising American-born, British star cut his teeth with dark dramas like David Fincher’s The Social Network (2010) and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go (2010) before landing the coveted lead in the 2012 reboot of Spider-Man.
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Skepta, Beyonce and Bowie up for prizes at Brit Awards

LONDON -- Britain's music industry will salute chart-topping talent and departed icons at the Brit Awards, where nominees include Drake, Beyonce and David Bowie.
Bowie, who died in January 2016, is nominated in the album of the year and male British artist categories at Wednesday's awards.
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