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High-flying balloon characters star in Thanksgiving parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Throngs of spectators lined the streets of New York on Thursday as colorful, high-flying balloons helped usher in the holiday season during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The annual tradition, which dates back nearly a century, packed streets as a process of giant inflatables and floats streamed for more than 40 …

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James Cameron’s new ‘Avatar’ movie gets rare China release

The long-awaited sequel to director James Cameron’s blockbuster “Avatar” will be released in mainland Chinese cinemas on Dec. 16, 20th Century Studios said on Wednesday. “Avatar: The Way of Water” will be released in China on the same day as its global release, the studio said on its official Weibo account. It becomes one of …

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‘Shang-Chi’ star Simu Liu pushes back on Quentin Tarantino’s anti-Marvel comments

CNN — Quentin Tarantino has made it clear that Marvel movies are not his cup of tea, but actor Simu Liu has kindly reminded the director that the films and the studio behind them have provided underrepresented communities a chance to be seen on the big screen unlike ever before. “If the only gatekeepers to …

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James Cameron almost didn’t choose Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet to star in Titanic

CNN — James Cameron is sharing some surprising details from the making of his blockbuster hit “Titanic,” which celebrates 25 years of being released next month. In a new video interview with GQ, the iconic director revealed that he almost didn’t end up casting Leonardo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet – his two romantic leads whose …

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‘Love Actually’ cast to reunite for 20th anniversary TV special

CNN — One of the most beloved modern Christmas classics is turning 20 next year, and to mark the occasion, cast members from the landmark 2003 romantic comedy “Love Actually” are reuniting for a TV special to air on ABC next week, the network announced Tuesday. Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy and …

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Reality TV’s Chrisleys sentenced for bank fraud, tax evasion

ATLANTA (AP) — Reality TV stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were sentenced Monday to lengthy prison terms after being convicted earlier this year on charges including bank fraud and tax evasion. US District Judge Eleanor Ross in Atlanta gave Todd Chrisley 12 years in prison plus 16 months of probation, while Julie Chrisley got seven …

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Jay Leno released from the hospital after burn injuries

CNN — Jay Leno has been discharged from the hospital after sustaining burn injuries in a gasoline fire about nine days ago. The former “Tonight Show” host, 72, was discharged from Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles on Monday, the Center announced in a statement, along with sharing a photo of the comedian with some …

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Nicki Aycox, ‘Supernatural’ actress, has died at age 47

CNN — Nicki Aycox, who played Meg Masters on the CW series “Supernatural,” died last week, her family announced. She was 47. Aycox’s sister-in-law, Susan Raab Ceklosky, revealed the news on Facebook on Nov 17. “My beautiful, smart, fierce, incredibly talented, and loving sister-in-law, Nicki Aycox Raab, passed away yesterday with my brother, Matt Raab, …

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Elton John rockets toward retirement at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forty seven years after he took the stage at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles in a sequined-studded baseball uniform as the world’s biggest pop star, Elton John walked on to the same stage on Sunday night wearing a bedazzled Dodgers bathrobe, a uniform more fitting for a 75-year-old man on the …

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‘The Walking Dead’ series finale review: Episode 24 of the extended 11th season finally comes to an end, after biting off more than it could chew (SPOILERS)

Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers about “The Walking Dead” series finale, “Rest in Peace,” which premiered November 20. CNN — Forgive AMC, at least a little bit, for almost drunkenly celebrating “The Walking Dead” in its heyday by feeding audiences as much content related to the zombie drama as they possibly could. Yet as …

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