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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 »

NBC’s Kelly says Fonda has ‘no business’ lecturing her

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old “Hanoi Jane” nickname. Fonda had appeared alongside Robert Redford on one of the first “Megyn Kelly Today” installments in September for an interview to promote a new movie. It became tense when the ... Read More »

German director resigns as festival chief after abuse claims

BERLIN (AP) — A prolific director of German television dramas has resigned as head of a theater festival following allegations of sexual misconduct. Dieter Wedel has denied claims by several women that he pressured them for sex. The allegations, first published by respected weekly Die Zeit, mostly date back several decades. In a statement Monday, the 75-year-old said the allegations ... Read More »

‘This Is Us,’ ‘Veep’ casts take top SAG TV series awards

Nicole Kidman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “This Is Us” won the top drama series trophy at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, making up for the Emmy and Golden Globe honors that eluded it and taking a stand for broadcast network TV amid growing online competition. “The people that watch with us every Tuesday night and embrace this show that reflects positivity and ... 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 »

Morgan Freeman accepts life achievement honors at SAG Awards

Morgan Freeman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Morgan Freeman first stood on a stage when he was 8 years old, playing Little Boy Blue in a pageant. That’s when he knew he wanted to be an actor. More than seven decades later, the now 80-year-old Freeman accepted a lifetime achievement award Sunday from the Screen Actors Guild for the much larger roles he’s ... Read More »

Weather Channel co-founder dies; doubted climate science

Frank Batten, John Coleman

LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83. Coleman died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas, said his wife, Linda Coleman, ... Read More »

Despite shutdown, troops get football, Lady Liberty to open

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government shutdown amid a congressional dispute over spending and immigration has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors and triggered furloughs for Air Force civilian employees but won’t keep Lady Liberty shackled. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, closed since the government shut down Friday, will reopen for visitors Monday, ... Read More »

Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio. Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled. Hours after the partial shutdown ... Read More »