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YouTube scales back original programming

LOS ANGELES — Six years after making big plans to take on Hulu, Amazon Studios and other streamers, YouTube is retreating from the original programming business.

As part of the changes, the company said on Tuesday that Susanne Daniels, its global head of originals, is resigning as of March 1.

YouTube cited its desire to produce more shopping...Read more

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Bradley Cooper was nude on set for six hours for 'Nightmare Alley' full-frontal scene

Bradley Cooper’s much buzzed-about role in “Nightmare Alley” turned out to be a nightmare to shoot.

The eight-time Academy Award-nominated heartthrob revealed that in order to film the short nude scene in the new Guillermo del Toro-directed psychological thriller, he was required to be in the buff in front of the crew for six whole hours....Read more

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The #BettyWhiteChallenge did the trick: Viral campaign raises $70K for LA Zoo

LOS ANGELES — Even in death, Betty White is helping her beloved animal friends.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association has raised more than $70,000 through the nationwide #BettyWhiteChallenge campaign, which encouraged fans to donate to animal welfare organizations on what would have been the "Golden Girls" star's 100th birthday on Monday.

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Why 'How I Met Your Father' resurrects the original's iconic apartment

The first episode of "How I Met Your Father" ends with the newly minted friend group sharing a nightcap in a living room.

"Wow, I love your place," says Sophie, played by Hilary Duff.

"Thanks," replies Jesse, played by Christopher Lowell. "It was a total score."

The exchange lasts less than 20 seconds, but the visual reveal may set off gasps ...Read more

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Andrew Garfield 'fesses up about those 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' lies he told

“The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield knows how to keep a big secret and stayed tight-lipped about — spoilers ahead — his surprise appearance in the new Marvel blockbuster “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Garfield's slides back into his Spider-Man suit alongside the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Tom Holland and early 2000s’ “...Read more

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CNN's Laura Coates says 'Jeopardy!' snubbed her despite Alex Trebek's blessing

CNN legal analyst Laura Coates says "Jeopardy!" declined her offer to host the game show, despite Alex Trebek publicly naming her as his potential successor.

On Monday's episode of "The Tamron Hall Show," Coates said she "asked for the opportunity" to emcee the program "when they were looking for people to possibly fill in" after Trebek's death...Read more

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Of course it's weird: Daniel Radcliffe will play 'Weird Al' Yankovic in a new biopic

Daniel Radcliffe is about to get weird.

The “Harry Potter” star will play the lead role in a movie about the life of parody performer “Weird Al” Yankovic, the Roku Channel announced Tuesday. The movie — “Weird: The Weird Al Yankovic Story” — is being produced by comedy video site Funny or Die, along with Tango, so you can ...Read more

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Fox News guest Lara Logan dropped by talent agency after comparing Dr. Fauci to a Nazi war criminal

Veteran journalist Lara Logan will no longer be represented by talent agency UTA in the aftermath of her Nov. 29 comments where she compared Dr. Anthony Fauci to the notorious Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, who performed medical experiments at the Auschwitz death camps.

Logan made the remarks while appearing as a guest on a program hosted ...Read more

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Grammy Awards announces new location, date

The 64th Grammy Awards will take place April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Recording Academy, which presents music’s most prestigious awards show, revealed the new date and location in a message sent Tuesday to academy members, nearly two weeks after it said the show would not go on as planned on Jan. 31 in Los Angeles due...Read more

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Review: Rom-com reboot 'How I Met Your Father' is not for cynics. That's its best quality

Possibly under the theory that every generation entering its 30s will need the mirror of a situation comedy to recognize, admire or chuckle knowingly at itself, “How I Met Your Mother,” which ran on CBS from 2005 to 2014, has been rebooted by Hulu as “How I Met Your Father.” Like its structural model, it uses the framing device of a ...Read more

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Lara Logan dropped by talent agency after comparing Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele

Lara Logan’s flair for the hyperbole has gotten her dumped by her talent agency.

UTA has dropped the former “60 Minutes” correspondent after she compared Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, to Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who performed medical experiments on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust.

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'Insecure,' H.E.R. lead 2022 NAACP Image Awards nominations

The nominations for the 2022 NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday morning by “Proud Family” star Kyla Pratt, “black-ish” actor Marcus Scribner and singer-songwriter Tinashe via the @naacpimageawards Instagram page.

Among the top nominees are Netflix, which received the most nods across the film and TV categories; “Insecure,” ...Read more

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Movie review: 'Redeeming Love' doesn't yield cinematic riches

D.J. Caruso’s historical drama/romance/morality play “Redeeming Love” opens with the Shakespeare quote “all that glitters is not gold,” and a pair of hands thrusting a pan into a river, searching for treasure. It sets the time and place in Gold Rush-era California, in the town of Pair-a-Dice circa 1850, but the quote has no bearing on ...Read more

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What to stream: With few new movies on horizon, consider these TV shows

January is a notoriously slow time for new movie releases, a break after the crushing release of awards contenders in November and December, while the ballots are tallied and statuettes are prepared to be handed out. Omicron is not helping the situation either, as new releases are scattering from the calendar to dates later in the year. The good...Read more

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'How I Met Your Father' reinvents the dating game for 2022 but tries to keep the original's optimism

The dating game in New York has changed since the creators of “How I Met Your Father” lived in the city in the mid-2000s, but it’s still all about that “epic love story” everyone wants to eventually share.

Described as a sequel to the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” “How I Met Your Father” takes the same premise and ...Read more

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'The Boys' star Aya Cash plays fictional Star Tribune reporter in new Fox sitcom

MINNEAPOLIS — "Welcome to Flatch," a Fox sitcom debuting in March, takes place in a fictional small town in Ohio. But the promising half-hour comedy has some strong Minnesota connections.

Seann William Scott distances himself from his role of Steve Stifler in the "American Pie" franchise by playing a pastor who has recently transferred from a...Read more

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Elizabeth Wellington: 'And Just Like That...' on HBO Max is refreshingly honest and messy

As I look forward to the next installment of "And Just Like That...," HBO's 10-episode sequel to "Sex and the City," I'm finally over the initial shock of Big's death.

It's nice to see Carrie, (Sarah Jessica Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) brunching and shopping. I miss Samantha (Kim Cattrall) — who fell out ...Read more

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Here are all the movies we're looking forward to in 2022

Buckle up for a blockbuster year at the box office.

Although cinemas continue to contend with COVID-19 challenges, the 2022 movie schedule features some of the biggest new releases in recent memory.

Theaters are fully open, and as last year’s record-setting “Spider-Man: No Way Home” proved, moviegoers will show up in droves for the right...Read more

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Is 1972 the best year ever for great albums? From Aretha and Stevie to Bowie and the Stones, quite possibly

Great albums are recorded and released every year, but I can make a very strong argument that 1972 saw more truly great albums released than any year before or since.

To be more precise, I can make dozens of very strong arguments. I'll start with five.

"Amazing Grace" by Aretha Franklin. "Exile On Main Street" by the Rolling Stones. "Talking ...Read more


Karla Peterson: Netflix's 'The Girl From Oslo' is an Israeli-Norwegian thriller with a San Diego connection

SAN DIEGO — Tense hostage negotiations. Near escapes and cliffhanger rescues. Secrets that could rock multiple worlds.

These and other dramatic developments helped propel Netflix's new thriller "The Girl From Oslo" to the No. 4 spot on the streaming service's Top 10 most-viewed series. But one of the biggest surprises about "The Girl From ...Read more