December 14th, 2017

Entertainment News

Family’s ‘A Christmas Story’ house may become Lego set

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A central New York family is campaigning for their carefully crafted recreation of the house from “A Christmas Story” to become an official Lego set. WSTM-TV in Syracuse reports Jason Middaugh’s small family project to recreate the house from the classic holiday film turned into a six-month undertaking. Middaugh says he and ... Read More »

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‘I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas’ wish granted, again

By The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city’s zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. The singer was on hand as the 26-year-old pygmy hippopotamus Francesca made her first Oklahoma public appearance since moving from the San Diego Zoo. ... Read More »

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Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

By Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

NEW YORK – Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. The Cars, as well as first-time contenders Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are part of the 2018 class announced Wednesday. ... Read More »

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‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ added to National Film Registry

By Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

NEW YORK – A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “The Goonies,” ”Titanic,” ”Field of Dreams” and “Die Hard” are among the 25 movies ... Read More »

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Ontario ticket sales law that bans scalper bots may pass today

By The Canadian Press on December 13th, 2017

TORONTO – A bill to strengthen consumer protection rules around home warranties, ticket sales, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario may become law today. The legislation is set for final debate today, and if it goes to a third reading vote, the majority Liberal government is expected to pass it. Changes to ticket ... Read More »

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SAG Awards could give Oscar race some clarity

By Jake Coyle, The Associated Press on December 13th, 2017

NEW YORK – An unpredictable awards season will get a jolt Wednesday when the Screen Actors Guild announces nominees to its annual awards. Actors make up the largest segment of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, so their deliberations on the year’s best performances hold considerable sway in fluctuating Oscar fortunes. Nominations for ... Read More »

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‘A Fantastic Woman’ director celebrates Golden Globe nod

By Sigal Ratner-Arias, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

NEW YORK – Director Sebastian Lelio feels that “A Fantastic Woman” has gone beyond the cinematic experience with its social message, to a great extent thanks to the performance of its star, Daniela Vega. The film follows Marina, a transgender woman who, after the passing of her older lover, is mistreated by his family and ... Read More »

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Man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus’ brother gets 6 years

By The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. – Authorities say a New Hampshire man who pretended to be Miley Cyrus’ brother to entice a 14-year-old boy to send him sexually explicit photos and videos online has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Gray, of New Hampton, admitted using the alias and was sentenced Monday on ... Read More »

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LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in ’75

By Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2017

Los Angeles police are investigating allegations Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested a 10-year-old girl in 1975. Although the allegations are so old criminal charges cannot be brought, detectives may be able to use evidence they collect to help prosecute other cases. The 84-year-old’s been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing ... Read More »

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Short-track speedskating champion Charles Hamelin relaxes with video games

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2017

When Olympic short-track speedskating champion Charles Hamelin isn’t training or racing, chances are he’s in front of a video game console. The 33-year-old from Sainte-Julie, Que., says it relaxes him. “It helps me to focus on my skating when I need to and kind of forget about it when I’m back at the hotel room ... Read More »

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