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NEW YORK — ABC News is under fire for its editing of a “Good Morning America” interview with CDC Director Rochelle Walensky that created uncertainty that’s being exploited by vaccine critics.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Jennifer Garner has been named Woman of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, based not just on her career as an actor, but also because of her record as a philanthropist and entrepreneur, the organization said Thursday.

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NEW YORK — Just two weeks before it was to be held in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is canceling its in-person festival and reverting to an entirely virtual edition due to the current coronavirus surge.

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Peter Parker’s good fortune continued over the holiday weekend as Hollywood prepares to close the books on a turbulent 2021. Even with some mighty competition from new Matrix and Sing movies, and rising concerns over the omicron variant, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” stayed in the No. 1 spot and…

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BOSTON — “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown and his ex-wife have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which she alleged he led a secret life during their marriage that included several affairs.

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NEW YORK — Revelers will still ring in the new year in New York’s Times Square next week, there just won’t be as many of them as usual under new restrictions announced Thursday as the city grapples with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Jason Bateman was named the 2022 Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals on Thursday, the first recipient of the award since 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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NEW YORK — Joan Didion, the revered author and essayist whose precise social and personal commentary in such classics as “The White Album” and “The Year of Magical Thinking” made her a uniquely clear-eyed critic of turbulent times, has died. She was 87.

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There is only one word to describe Steven Spielberg’s remake/revival of “West Side Story”: dazzling. As Janusz Kaminski’s wildly liberated camera swirls around the flying limbs of the Sharks, Jets and everyone caught in the middle, set to the familiar strains of Leonard Bernstein’s music, the cinematic spectacle is simply overwhelming.

When Bob Mackie was 11 and his uncle asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he didn’t hesitate: a costume designer on Broadway. The Southern California boy had never been to New York, but he was fixated on the “color, excitement and glamour” of the movies and show business.

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NEWBURYPORT — The Boston Camerata will perform at Central Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 18, one of just three Boston area performances of “A Medieval Christmas” by the group.

NEWBURYPORT -- Beadwork artist Douglas Johnson will exhibit his work in the main hall at Anna Jaques Hospital through Jan. 12, with part of the proceeds of any sale going to help the AJH Aid Association.

The label “date movie” hasn’t traditionally been applied much to documentaries, but filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen have twice now made nonfiction films of trailblazing female icons that also happen to be portraits of loving, supportive marriages.

Detectives in the new crime drama series “Ragdoll” come across a grisly scene early in the first episode: A serial killer has stitched together parts from six of his victims to make one hideous body.

Kristen Stewart has been talking about playing Princess Diana in the new film “Spencer” almost daily for over two months. It’s a normal experience for a major star promoting a major film that’s expected to be a major awards contender, and Stewart, who has been extremely famous for most of her life, is used to it all.

NEWBURYPORT — The public is invited to an embellished reading of a new play by local writer Joshua Faigen on Friday and Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on High Street.

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There’s nothing quite like a decaying industrial town in the middle of a chilly, gray-skied fall to set an immediately gloomy mood in a film. Not that Scott Cooper’s “Antlers” needs any help in that department, as it already deals with child abuse (sexual and psychological), poverty, bullying, hunger, sickness, generational trauma, environmental degradation, and ancient native superstitions.

The piercing traumas of school shootings, when they've made it into the movies, have seldom carried quite the right tone. Even the best intentions in wading into such tragic horrors can come off as insincere, even exploitive.

By the numbers, "No Time to Die" is the 25th James Bond film, released 59 years after the first installment, starring the sixth actor to play Bond, Daniel Craig, in his fifth and final outing as the dashing MI6 super-spy. It runs a beefy two hours and 43 minutes, and the film's release was postponed three times by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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While the height of the COVID-19 pandemic brought much of the world to a standstill, it also spread a blanket of loneliness in its path by isolating family members and friends. And despite international fame and accolades, Cynthia Erivo was not exempt.

If you can remember the price of a 30-ounce jar of mayonnaise, what an Armani purse goes for and how much to pay for an iPhone 12, there's really only one place to shine — “The Price is Right.”

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PLUM ISLAND — Rain or shine, the PlumFest music festival returns to Plum Island on Saturday, Sept. 18, from noon to 6 p.m. at more than 30 locations throughout the barrier island.

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Peyton Elizabeth Lee doesn’t know how to perform surgery, but she knows a little something about growing up in an adult world.

There's an urban legend that says if you repeat the name “Candyman” aloud five times in front of a mirror, you summon a hook-handed killer. After seeing Nia DaCosta's film of the same name, you'll never be tempted to do that. You might even not want anything sweet again. Heck, cancel Halloween.

The Doobie Brothers are celebrating their 50th anniversary in their 51st year, heading out tenuously on a delayed tour and hoping they can keep taking it to the streets and letting audiences listen to the music as cancellations abound around them.

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Near the end of 2020, the pandemic had lasted long enough for author Jodi Picoult to try something that seemed unthinkable for novelists in its early stages — turn it into fiction.

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