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The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, has been  nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture, director, actress and supporting actresses. (Courtesy Fox Searchlight)

‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ lead Oscar race, with 10 nominations each

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 2019 Oscar…

The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, has been  nominated for 10 Oscars, including best picture, director, actress and supporting actresses. (Courtesy Fox Searchlight)
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was among the beloved artists who died in 2018. (Courtesy photo)

A brief remembrance of famous figures who died in 2018

As we embark on 2019, here’s a brief list of notable people…

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was among the beloved artists who died in 2018. (Courtesy photo)
Gerard Butler stars as a captain gone wild in “Hunter Killer.” (Courtesy Jack English/Summit)

Action-packed ‘Hunter Killer’ borders on parody

Think of every military action movie cliche you can. The maverick hero…

Gerard Butler stars as a captain gone wild in “Hunter Killer.” (Courtesy Jack English/Summit)
Jamie Lee Curtis -- playing a grandma -- faces off again with horror icon Michael Myers in the new “Halloween.” (Courtesy Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures)

Jamie Lee Curtis returns in best ‘Halloween’ film since the original

It's the season for tricks and treats and masks and blood and…

Jamie Lee Curtis -- playing a grandma -- faces off again with horror icon Michael Myers in the new “Halloween.” (Courtesy Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures)
Judd Apatow attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Feb. 28, 2016. Apatow called out Melania Trump after she sent a tweet about "positively impacting children." (Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/TNS)

Judd Apatow not pleased with First Lady

Judd Apatow wants Melania Trump to be better — or to do…

Judd Apatow attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on Feb. 28, 2016. Apatow called out Melania Trump after she sent a tweet about "positively impacting children." (Dennis Van Tine/Abaca Press/TNS)
Hip-hop artist Meek Mill with Sixers center Joel Embiid after the Sixers beat the Miami Heat in game five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

Retire #FreeMeekMill and focus on #JusticeReform, rapper says in ‘Dateline’ interview

Philly rapper Meek Mill hopes to shift attention from his personal story…

Hip-hop artist Meek Mill with Sixers center Joel Embiid after the Sixers beat the Miami Heat in game five of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on April 24, 2018 in Philadelphia. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
Kanye West leaves the Royal Geographical Society in central London on Saturday May 21, 2016. West announced he is dropping an album on June 1, and will be releasing a following album with Kid Cudi. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

Kanye West continues to polarize with TMZ interview

Kanye West dropped by the TMZ offices Tuesday for a roller coaster…

Kanye West leaves the Royal Geographical Society in central London on Saturday May 21, 2016. West announced he is dropping an album on June 1, and will be releasing a following album with Kid Cudi. (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)
Lauryn Hill early in her evening set at Soundset on May 28, 2017 at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minn. Hill announced a tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut album. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Lauryn Hill announces tour for 20th anniversary of debut album

  Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Lauryn Hill announced a 29-stop, North…

Lauryn Hill early in her evening set at Soundset on May 28, 2017 at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights, Minn. Hill announced a tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut album. (Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is reviewing a case of alleged sexual abuse involving Kevin Spacey, shown in a file image from June 2017. (Ash Knotek/Snappers/Zuma Press/TNS)

Kevin Spacey assault accusations under review by LA prosecutors

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is reviewing a case of…

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is reviewing a case of alleged sexual abuse involving Kevin Spacey, shown in a file image from June 2017. (Ash Knotek/Snappers/Zuma Press/TNS)
T.J. Miller poses for photos on April 2, 2015 at the "Silicon Valley" season premiere held at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Miller was busted by the FBI for calling in a fake bomb threat on an Amtrak train. (David Crotty/Patrick McMullan Co./Sipa USA/TNS)

Actor T.J. Miller busted by FBI for calling in fake bomb threat

No, that wasn’t his “Ready Player One” quasi-villain alter ego i-R0k — T.J. Miller really was busted this week for phoning in a fake bomb threat on an Amtrak train last month.  The former “Silicon Valley” star, 36, was arrested by the FBI Monday night at LaGuardia Airport for calling 911 on March 18 and reporting that a female passenger had “a bomb in her bag” — which she did not The bizarre bust is just the latest flare-up for Miller, a comedian who’s made a career out of his off-kilter and off-color brand of humor.  In 2016, Miller let his road rage get the best of him when he was arrested for drunkenly slapping his Uber driver on his way home from a GQ party in Los Angeles.  In 2017, Miller abruptly left the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley,” and gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter ripping executive producer Alec Berg.  “I don’t know how smart [Berg] is. He went to Harvard, and we all know those kids are f — king idiots,” he said. “That Crimson trash. Those comedy writers in Hollywood are f — king Harvard graduates and that’s why they’re smug as a bug.”  And that same year, a college girlfriend accused Miller of choking and punching her.  The anonymous woman told the Daily Beast that during her 2001 relationship with the star, he assaulted her multiple times, including one incident in which he allegedly violently shook her and punched her in the mouth while they were having consensual sex.  Miller and his wifeKatedenied any wrongdoing in a statement, and accused the victim of hopping on the #MeToo bandwagon to spread her “false accusations.”  DESPACITO DISAPPEARS  Music videos for “Despacito” and a wave of other popular songs were hacked on YouTube, with the online perpetrators altering song titles and images while wreaking other havoc.  The video for “Despacito” — which, at over 5 billion views, is the most-watched upload in YouTube history — was briefly deleted from YouTube, but only after someone changed the lead photo for theLuis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit to a picture of hooded figurines pointing guns at the camera. …

T.J. Miller poses for photos on April 2, 2015 at the "Silicon Valley" season premiere held at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Miller was busted by the FBI for calling in a fake bomb threat on an Amtrak train. (David Crotty/Patrick McMullan Co./Sipa USA/TNS)
Matt and Ross Duffer on the set of "Stranger Things Season 2." (Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)

‘Stranger Things’ creators respond to lawsuit alleging they stole the idea for the hit sci-fi series

The creators of Stranger Things” have denied accusations that they stole the…

Matt and Ross Duffer on the set of "Stranger Things Season 2." (Jackson Lee Davis/Netflix)
Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in "Roseanne." (Adam Rose/ABC)

‘Roseanne’ revival premieres to millions

A Trump-loving “Roseanne” is ratings gold for ABC. The reboot of the…

Roseanne Barr and John Goodman in "Roseanne." (Adam Rose/ABC)
Prince performs at the

Prince reportedly died with an ‘exceedingly high’ level of fentanyl in his blood

It’s been nearly two years since the sudden passing of music legend…

Prince performs at the
Jack White, seen here in 2014, is one of the many male headliners at this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. (Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Where are all the women at Lollapalooza?

Lollapalooza got slammed on social media just minutes after posting its 2018…

Jack White, seen here in 2014, is one of the many male headliners at this year's Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. (Scott Sharpe/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)
Tina Tchen participates in "An Armchair with ELLE- Lessons, Leadership and Legacy: The Journey Toward Opportunity for All" on Dec. 16, 2016 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)

Recording Academy drafts former Obama official for diversity task force

The Recording Academy has tapped Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to…

Tina Tchen participates in "An Armchair with ELLE- Lessons, Leadership and Legacy: The Journey Toward Opportunity for All" on Dec. 16, 2016 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/TNS)
Maria Contreras-Sweet is sworn in as administrator of the Small Business Administration on April 7, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Weinstein Co. deal collapses in yet another twist, pushing studio closer to bankruptcy

The deal for an investor group to acquire Harvey Weinstein’s former movie…

Maria Contreras-Sweet is sworn in as administrator of the Small Business Administration on April 7, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Frances McDormand, best actress for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," is pictured backstage at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in  Hollywood. (Scott Varley/TNS)

‘Shape of Water’ best picture at 90th Academy Awards

Bringing an end to one of the most wide open best picture…

Frances McDormand, best actress for her performance in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," is pictured backstage at the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in  Hollywood. (Scott Varley/TNS)
The Shape of Water won best picture at the 90th Academy Awards as did its director, Guillermo del Toro, on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. (Scott Varley/TNS)

Winners at the 90th Academy Awards (full list)

And the Oscar went to.... Here’s a complete list of winners at…

The Shape of Water won best picture at the 90th Academy Awards as did its director, Guillermo del Toro, on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. (Scott Varley/TNS)
The 90th Oscars ceremony takes place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  (Courtesy  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

2018 Oscars Ballot

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs live starting…

The 90th Oscars ceremony takes place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.  (Courtesy  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Ryan Seacrest, seen here at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, was recently accused of sexual misconduct by his former stylist Suzie Hardy. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/TNS)

Former co-worker claims he witnessed Ryan Seacrest’s sexual misconduct

A former co-worker of Ryan Seacrest claims he witnessed the TV personality…

Ryan Seacrest, seen here at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, was recently accused of sexual misconduct by his former stylist Suzie Hardy. (Lionel Hahn/Abaca Press/TNS)