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Del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water’ poised to lead Oscar nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro’s lavish monster romance “The Shape of Water” will vie for the most Oscar nominations Tuesday, but just as much attention may be focused on categories where women could make history. Nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards will begin at 8:22 a.m. EST, with a second wave of nominees announced live on ABC’s ... Read More »

‘Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson making WWI documentary

LONDON (AP) — “The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D color for a new documentary film. Jackson’s movie, announced Monday, is among dozens of artworks commissioned by British cultural bodies to commemorate 100 years since the final year of the ... Read More »

Wild ride: ‘Jumanji’ holds on to top spot at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” notched its third straight weekend on top of the box office, besting a pair of new releases — “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves” — both of which still managed to slightly outperform expectations. Sony’s “Jumanji” took in $19.5 million in ticket sales in its fifth weekend of releases, according to ... Read More »

The Latest: Pope urges Davos forum to promote social justice

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Pope Francis is urging political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos to create the conditions “for building inclusive, just and supportive societies.” Francis sent meeting participants a message after he returned from a weeklong visit to Chile ... Read More »

AP Exclusive: 6 new rules to prevent Oscars envelope gaffe

Jordan Horowitz, Warren Beatty, Jimmy Kimmel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After taking responsibility for the epic best picture flub at the Oscars last year, Tim Ryan of PwC got down to business. He grilled the partners who made the gaffe, then personally reached out to the dozens of people affected by it: The show’s producers, presenters and stage managers and the filmmakers behind “La La Land” ... Read More »

The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair “baseless”

Mike Pence

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are “baseless allegations.” Pence spoke to The Associated Press during a visit to Jerusalem on Monday. He said he was “not ... Read More »

NY Gov. Cuomo heading to Utah for Sandra Lee film screening

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to travel to Utah to attend the screening of girlfriend Sandra Lee’s new documentary on her battle with breast cancer. The Democrat leaves Monday for Park City, where “RX Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee” is being screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The 39-minute film covers the ... Read More »

With a lighter touch, SAG Awards follows a familiar script

Frances McDormand

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a still undetermined awards race and an industry undergoing tectonic shifts with the Me Too and Time’s Up movements, awards shows have become canaries in the coal mine. After the Golden Globes, it was clear that the entertainment business was not shying away from its problems, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards suggested that perhaps ... Read More »

The Latest: Stars mingle and dance at SAG Awards after-party

Sterling K. Brown

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Sunday’s presentation of the Screen Actors Guild from the Shrine Auditorium (all times local): 9 p.m. The SAG Awards are over, but the after-party is giving nominees the chance to mingle and unwind. Robert De Niro held court on a couch in the center of the room and looked deep in conversation as ... Read More »