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AP Interview: Matt Damon defends being cast for 'Great Wall'

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30am

Matt Damon criticized "outrageous" stories in the era of fake news as he responded Tuesday to accusations that his role in the new China-Hollywood co-production "The Great Wall" should have gone to an Asian actor.

Poland's top court upholds refusal to extradite Polanski

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:30am

Poland's Supreme Court has upheld a refusal to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S. if he enters Poland.

Poland's Supreme Court upholds refusal to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. if he enters Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

Poland's Supreme Court upholds refusal to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the U.S. if he enters Poland.

Indian actress-turned-politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies

Ashok Sharma and Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:00pm

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, has died. She was 68.

Dunham and Coates, mutual admirers, talk writing and Trump

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:00pm

"Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common.

News guide: Prosecutors can use Cosby's deposition at trial

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:30pm

A suburban Philadelphia judge settled one of two key pretrial issues in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial when he ruled on Monday that the jury could hear Cosby's damaging testimony from a decade-old civil deposition. The defense had argued that Cosby only gave the testimony after being assured he would never be charged in the case. But Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill concluded that Cosby had no such guarantee. O'Neill has vowed to bring the case to trial by June. The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with felony sexual assault.

Mel Harris: 'thirtysomething' stars remain 'close' friends

Lauri Neff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:15pm

Almost 30 years since "thirtysomething" went off the air, the now 50-something cast of the drama about a group of American baby boomers remain friends.

Judge: Prosecutors can use Bill Cosby's deposition at trial

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 6:33pm

Damaging testimony that Bill Cosby gave in an accuser's lawsuit, including admissions that he gave young women drugs and alcohol before sex, can be used at his sex assault trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Jessica Williams, Cate Blanchett star in Sundance premieres

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:50pm

Former "Daily Show" correspondent Jessica Williams flexes her dramatic chops, Cate Blanchett pays homage to great 20th century artists and "Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani tells a very personal story in some of the films premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Vet, author who advocated for vets, criticized war, dies

Betsy Blaney, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 5:32pm

Luis Carlos Montalvan, a decorated Iraq war veteran who became a strong critic of the war and wrote a best-selling book about it, has died in El Paso. He was 43.

Box Office Top 20: 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts' rule again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 4:40pm

"Moana" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" continued to dominate the box office over the sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend. In its second week in theaters, Disney's "Moana" scored the No. 1 spot again, bringing in $28.3 million and bumping its North American grosses to $119.8 million. In second place, Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spinoff "Fantastic Beasts" earned $18.1 million. In just three weeks in theaters, the film has earned $183.1 million.

Sculptor Helen Marten wins prestigious Turner Prize for art

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:30pm

Helen Marten, who turns the detritus of everyday life into sculpture, has won the prestigious Turner Prize for art.

Publication halted for provocative children's books parody

Hillel Italie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:01pm

Publication has been halted for a provocative satire of children's stories, "Bad Little Children's Books," which had been criticized by online commenters for poor taste and reinforcing racial and cultural stereotypes.

Judge rules that damaging testimony Bill Cosby gave in accuser's lawsuit can be used at sex assault trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:10pm

Judge rules that damaging testimony Bill Cosby gave in accuser's lawsuit can be used at sex assault trial.

'Last Tango in Paris' rape scene revelation sparks outrage

Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:03pm

"Last Tango in Paris" is making headlines again 44 years after the controversial film came out. A recently unearthed video interview with Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci from 2013 has renewed interest, and outrage, over what happened to actress Maria Schneider on set.

You can't stop the beat with 'Hairspray Live!' telecast

Lynn Elber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:00pm

In the steadily escalating battle of the TV musicals, NBC's "Hairspray Live!" is the most ambitious contender yet.

'Crimetown' podcast tells of mob and political corruption

Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:00pm

The podcast "Crimetown" opens with the mayor of Providence attacking a man with a lit cigarette and a fireplace log.

After Emmy, Sterling K Brown still winning with 'This Is Us'

Alicia Rancilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

Sterling K. Brown can chalk 2016 up as a win. He won an Emmy for his portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX's "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," and he's one of the stars of NBC's "This Is Us," which premiered this fall and is doing well in the ratings.

Jimmy Kimmel to host Academy Awards

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:11pm

The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards.

Standing ovation for Obama at his last Kennedy Center Honors

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:50am

The longest, loudest standing ovation of the Kennedy Center Honors gala wasn't reserved for Al Pacino, Mavis Staples or the Eagles. Instead, it went to the man sitting to their left, attending his eighth and most likely his last honors presentation: President Barack Obama.