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When Don and Barbara Rickles met Bob and Ginnie Newhart, they became friends for life -- as told in Judd Apatow's latest film

CHICAGO — Here, ladies and gentlemen, is Bob Newhart:

“Somebody called me up and they said, ‘Look, Don Rickles is looking for a best friend … and none of us wanna do it. Would you?’

“And I said, ‘How long?’

“They said, ‘A year at the most.’”

Bob Newhart and Don Rickles were friends for nearly 60 years and that ...Read more

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Jenny Lewis sprinkles some joy into her latest album and tour

ANAHEIM, Calif. — In the minutes leading up to our scheduled call, singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis was hurriedly writing down song titles in her Los Angeles home, grappling with the decision of what to include in the set list for her Joy'All Ball Tour.

"There's so many different records and tracks at this point, so I was trying to get it all ...Read more

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Commentary: Aubrey Plaza goes off in her off-Broadway debut, 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea'

In Season 2 of HBO’s “The White Lotus,” Aubrey Plaza plays Harper, an employment lawyer with a pinched, plaintive expression that seems perpetually on the verge of freezing into a sarcastic smirk.

Harper’s air of annoyance isn’t unwarranted. Not only is her marriage to Ethan, a tech genius whose company hit the jackpot, increasingly ...Read more

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20 years on, a transformed New Zealand looks back at 'Lord of the Rings'

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand was primarily known abroad for its sheep, its wine and its rugby team on the September day in 1998 that filmmaker Peter Jackson's helicopter landed on a sprawling family farm about 100 miles south of Auckland.

The country's film industry was another matter: Though New Zealand had produced crossover ...Read more

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Jonathan Majors' lawyers fight to keep evidence sealed as jury selection starts in domestic violence trial

NEW YORK — The first day of Jonathan Majors’ domestic violence trial saw the actor’s lawyers fight to keep evidence under wraps and prospective jurors sworn in and sent home without answering questions.

Majors, 34, faces up to a year in jail if convicted of misdemeanor assault charges for allegedly roughing up his ex-girlfriend, Grace ...Read more

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Travis Kelce reveals nickname for Taylor Swift following NFL record

Travis Kelce let slip his nickname for Taylor Swift as he thanked the superstar for cheering on his new NFL record.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end, 34, shouted out the “Anti-Hero” singer for liking the team’s Instagram post on Sunday, which celebrated Kelce as the “fastest tight end to 11k receiving yards AND the only player in ...Read more

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Jon Hamm shares details on 'perfect' wedding to Anna Osceola

Jon Hamm is still relishing in matrimonial bliss.

The “Mad Men” heartthrob, who got hitched to former guest star Anna Osceola in June, appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, where he dished on their “very exciting” wedding ceremony at Anderson Canyon in Big Sur, California.

“We did it this summer in beautiful Big Sur. It ...Read more

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The Kelce brothers land their first Billboard No. 1 with 'Fairytale of Philadelphia'

PHILADELPHIA — Two weeks after releasing the Christmas duet “Fairytale of Philadelphia,” NFL stars Travis and Jason Kelce are at the top of the Billboard charts.

The "New Heights" podcast co-hosts took the top spot on the Holiday Digital Song Sales chart and the Rock Digital Song Sales chart this week.

After debuting at No. 2 last week,...Read more


The Rolling Stones' boomer superfans crashed AARP's website

When Taylor Swift’s superfans took to Ticketmaster last November to purchase Eras Tour presale tickets, they caused the site to glitch and crash, prompting outrage and even antitrust investigations.

Now, boomer and Gen X superfans of a different musical artist experienced their own version of presale ticket hell — prompting a very different...Read more


Spotify Wrapped -- where everyone is insufferable about their listening habits -- is back again. Here's how to see your results

Be honest, how many times did you listen to Jordan Mailata and Patti LaBelle’s cover of “This Christmas”? Even if you don’t want to tell us, your Spotify data might rat you out.

The music platform’s annual Spotify Wrapped — a deep dive into its users’ listening habits, packaged into a glitzy summary — is back for its seventh ...Read more

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Kanye West slammed for 'unforgivable' lyric amid rising antisemitism

Kanye West is once again facing backlash for antisemitic remarks — this time, due to a “disgusting” lyric in the new song, “Vultures,” which was recently leaked.

The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee are particularly concerned about the lyric in light of “rising antisemitism worldwide” since the onset of the...Read more

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'CSI: Miami' child star Evan Ellingson's cause of death ruled accidental fentanyl overdose

Evan Ellingson, the 35-year-old former child star who was found dead on Nov. 5, reportedly died from a fentanyl overdose.

The news comes from the coroner’s department in San Bernardino County, California, which listed Ellingson’s death as an “accident,” reports People.

The actor, known for his role as Cameron Diaz’ son in the 2009 ...Read more

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'Law & Order: SVU' veteran Kelli Giddish returns for Season 25 premiere

Dun-dun. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” veteran Kelli Giddish is returning for the long-running procedural’s 25th season, roughly a year after departing the series.

The actress, 43, will reportedly reprise the role of Amanda Rollins in the premiere of the upcoming season in January, TVLine reports.

Mariska Hargitay, who has starred ...Read more

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A Sabrina Carpenter music video leads to discipline for a priest as a church is reconsecrated

Sabrina Carpenter and a priest walk into a church and only one of them leaves with their job fully intact.

This strange story began when Carpenter filmed part of her music video for the single "Feather" at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York, earlier this year. In the video, Carpenter is seen ...Read more

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ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis welcomes baby boy with husband Matt Hanson via surrogate

ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis finally has the family she envisioned for years: she and husband Matt Hanson have welcomed their second child — a boy — via surrogate.

"When I pictured our family, I always thought of my family ... as one of two kids," Jarvis said Wednesday on "Good Morning America." Finally realizing her ideal family,...Read more

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Family guide to new movie releases


Rated PG-13 for creature violence and action.

What it’s about: The latest Godzilla movie from original producers Toho takes us back to 1945 and the emergence of the iconic kaiju in postwar Japan. Mayhem and destruction ensue.

The kid attractor factor: A big monster! This will appeal to teens and older kids who love ...Read more

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Review: Dialogue-free 'Silent Night' pummels away without respite

The dialogue-free action movie “Silent Night” is a fascinating experiment — but a failed one. As it turns out, modern action movies, though they can be ideal vessels for bombastic image-making, need words to convey humor and humanity, and not even one of our foremost action auteurs, John Woo, can make it work without those two elements.

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TV review: Documentary looks at how Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' set the stage for Taylor Swift

Swifties may be convinced they are part of an unprecedented phenomenon. But long before Taylor Swift was even born, there was Michael Jackson fever. "Thriller 40," premiering at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on Showtime, shows how the King of Pop had a similar — if not more significant — influence on pop culture.

Those expecting details on criminal ...Read more

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Taylor Swift is Spotify's top artist of 2023, surpassing Bad Bunny

2023 really is Taylor Swift’s year.

In news that should surprise no one, Swift — who this week hit $250 million at the global box office for the filmed version of her Eras concert tour — will close out the year as Spotify’s most-streamed artist worldwide, beating out three-timer Bad Bunny for the top slot.

Spotify said Swift generated ...Read more


Sound Advice: Don't table this tablet gift idea

Just one gift recommendation this week, as next week I will have a lot of them, all under $100!

TCL Tab 10s 10.1-inch tablet, $199.99: This excellent Android tablet provides a lot for the money, with a very high-quality display that is excellent for displaying photographs, good battery life and the ability to expand the memory up to 256GB with ...Read more