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Provocative 'Civil War' prevails at the box office in its second weekend

Alex Garland's "Civil War" fended off incursions from new movies to retain its box office title for the second weekend in a row.

The provocative film, from independent A24, is expected to generate about $11.1 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, bringing its total domestic box gross to $44.9 million, according to ...Read more

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Man allegedly punched by Ye identified, but rapper meant to hit his twin: report

The person allegedly punched by Ye in Los Angeles this week may not have been the rapper’s intended target, according to reports.

The artist formerly known as Kanye West made headlines on Wednesday after reportedly punching a person in the face who he claimed improperly touched his wife, Bianca Censori.

On Saturday, TMZ identified that man ...Read more

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After 'The Sign,' 'Bluey' has a surprise episode on the way

After last week’s emotional “Bluey” special “The Sign,” fans of the animated preschool series are getting a special treat — a surprise, if you will.

On Saturday, Disney+ announced that a new episode of “Bluey” titled “Surprise” will premiere Sunday, beginning at midnight Pacific time. It comes just a week after the premiere ...Read more

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The best songs from Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets Department' double album

Taylor Swift wrote so much “tortured poetry” over the past two years that she didn’t know what to do with it all.

In true TSwift fashion, the pop star surprised fans with 15 bonus songs two hours after releasing “The Tortured Poets Department” on Friday. The second installment, titled “The Anthology,” was not a true shocker to ...Read more

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'Sesame Street' writers reach tentative contract deal, averting strike

Writers Guild of America members employed by Sesame Workshop have struck a tentative contract deal with management, averting a strike after negotiations stalled over compensation and union representation for the nonprofit organization's animation and social media staff.

The bargaining unit of 35 — which includes the "Sesame Street" writing ...Read more

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NBA YoungBoy orchestrated 'large scale prescription fraud' scheme, Utah police say

Rapper NBA YoungBoy and several of his associates orchestrated a "large scale prescription fraud ring" to illegally obtain prescription drugs from multiple Utah-area pharmacies, police allege.

An affidavit filed Thursday by an officer for the Cache County Sheriff's Office named the rapper (born Kentrell DeSean Gaulden) as a primary suspect in a...Read more

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Fire breaks out at Oregon hotel featured in 'The Shining'

An inferno erupted at the historic Oregon hotel featured in Stanley Kubrick’s famous horror flick “The Shining,” officials confirmed early Friday.

The three-alarm fire broke out late Thursday night in the attic of the Timberline Lodge, called the Overlook Hotel in the 1980 classic starring Jack Nicholson.

Firefighters across multiple ...Read more

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What prison life is like for Todd and Julie Chrisley, the former reality TV stars

ATLANTA — Former Atlanta multimillionaires and reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are “doing as best they can” while behind bars at federal prison facilities plagued with mold and other unhealthy conditions, their daughter says.

Savannah Chrisley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she’s “fearful” about the ...Read more

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A field guide to the references on Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Taylor Swift release day always arrives with a thicket of real-life allusions to ancient myths, literary heroes and local bars alike. The 31-track (!) "Tortured Poets Department" is packed with new poets to read, bands to discover and weird vacation towns to visit, and here's a brief field guide to the best of them.

As you're crushing "Florida!...Read more

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Louis Gossett Jr.'s cause of death revealed as lung disease

NEW YORK — Brooklyn-born Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr. died from a lung condition, according to his death certificate obtained Friday.

Per documents reviewed by TMZ, the Coney Island native suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years. The condition is listed as his primary cause of death, while heart failure and atrial ...Read more

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Here's what to know about Taylor Swift's new album

Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” is finally here.

In February, the pop superstar announced the album while accepting the Grammy Award for best pop vocal album (for 2022′s “Midnights”).

“An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time - one that was...Read more

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Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' is here -- let's dive into the lyrics

The first meeting of “The Tortured Poets Department,” chaired by Taylor Swift, has come to order.

“The author,” as she dubbed herself on Instagram, shared a message to fans as the album dropped, calling it “An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time — one that...Read more

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Surprise: Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets Department' is a double album, 'The Anthology'

Seems Taylor Swift has been one busy girl. And overnight she dropped the entirety of that effort, turning “The Tortured Poets Department” into a double album release and tacking “The Anthology” onto the title.

“It’s a 2am surprise,” she wrote on Instagram at 11 p.m. “The Tortured Poets Department is a secret DOUBLE album. I’d ...Read more

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'Chrisley Knows Best' case in Atlanta court today

ATLANTA — A panel of federal appeals court judges in Atlanta will hear arguments Friday in the attempt by Todd and Julie Chrisley to overturn many of their convictions for bank fraud and tax evasion.

The former Atlanta multimillionaires and reality television stars are serving prison sentences of 12 and seven years, respectively, having been ...Read more

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Mandisa, 'American Idol' star and Grammy winning Christian music singer, dies at 47

Mandisa, the Christian music singer who competed on "American Idol" and then pursued a Grammy Award-winning career, has died. She was 47.

A representative confirmed to The Times on Friday that the California-born artist "was found in her home [in Tennessee] deceased."

"At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details," ...Read more

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Katy Perry picks Jelly Roll to replace her on 'American Idol'

Katy Perry has named her top pick to be the new judge on “American Idol” next season: country music star Jelly Roll.

The “Firework” singer, who recently announced her exit from the long-running talent competition, extolled the virtues of who she sees as her ideal successor.

“I gotta say Jelly Roll was crazy when he came on the show,�...Read more

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Taylor Swift drops surprise second 'Tortured Poets' album: 'The Anthology'

NEW YORK — Swifties got a double dose of sweet torture at 2 a.m. when Taylor Swift dropped another 15 tracks and announced that “The Tortured Poets Department” is a double album.

She announced the second half on social media with new album art and a message about her folie à deux:

“It’s a 2am surprise: The Tortured Poets Department ...Read more

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These lyrics in 2 new Taylor Swift songs are about Travis Kelce, her fans say

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All that screaming and crying late Thursday night in Kansas City and points beyond came from fans of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce as they listened to her new album, “The Tortured Poets Department.”

The album and song lyrics leaked on Wednesday, so many people knew there might be a song about her current boyfriend.

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Where is Taylor Swift's new song “Florida!!!” really taking us?

TAMPA, Fla. — From the first line in her new song “Florida!!!,” you can already tell that Taylor Swift has heard our state’s unofficial motto: A sunny place for shady people.

“You can beat the heat if you beat the charges too,” she sings. “They said I was a cheat, I guess it must be true.”

In “Florida!!!,” Swift paints a ...Read more

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Review: Taylor Swift turns heel, owning her chaos and messiness on 'The Tortured Poets Department'

Taylor Swift has spent years warning us not to believe everything we hear about her. As the biggest star of pop music's parasocial age, she argues that the facts of her existence are constantly warped by gossip and misinformation, which is one reason the Easter eggs and coded messages she's long built into her work have helped create such a ...Read more