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Will Young quits Strictly Come Dancing

Singer Will Young announces he has quit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing for personal reasons.
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Fight For This Love singer's friends fear X Factor tears are sign of things to come
President-elect Donald Trump is retaining his executive producer credit — and financial ties — with the NBC reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” as he transitions to his new role in Washington.  NB
MANILA, Philippines — History Channel's hit survival series "Alone" returns this month for its third season where survivalists face new challenges not seen i
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for a return appearance by the notorious L.A. rockers Guns N’ Roses.
Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub in The Band's Visit Photo: Ahron R. Foster "Nothing is as beautiful as something you don't expect," Katrina Lenk sings midway through The Band's Visit, the new mu
A selection of images from the life and career of US actor Kirk Douglas, who celebrates his 100th birthday on 9 December.
Our country is divided on a number of issues, but there’s one thing we can generally agree upon: Ryan Reynolds is a friggin’ gem. The actor has been married to Blake Lively since 201
Some years are groovier than others. This year, music provided a steadying backbeat against the craziness of the political climate. We recoiled from depressing TV news segments and reached for the bea
Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Click title for full review. Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science fiction drama that is si
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC’s reboot of “Celebrity Apprentice” but he has kept a connection to the reality show. A spokeswoman for producer Mar
Plus Junior League’s Holiday Jubilee benefits Tiny Homes; J. Cobb’s new single ‘Do You’ drops        
President-elect Donald Trump is staying on as an executive producer of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice” despite his impending responsibilities as leader of the free world, Varie
DALLAS (AP) — Actor Judge Reinhold has been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a confrontation with security agents at Dallas Love Field. A Dallas Police Department statement says the 59-y
The TV star has had a few awkward experiences since becoming famous.
When Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in 2015, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy helped kickstart a series of films that will run until 2020 and include Episode VIII and IX, as well as several s
“Miss Sloane,” “Office Christmas Party,” “Burn Country” and “Seasons” are being released at Seattle-area theaters starting Friday, Dec. 9. Here are bite-size reviews.
Disney, Lucasfilm unveiled footage for reporters at Skywalker Ranch, teasing the origin story of ‘Star Wars’        
She thinks he isn’t all that delighted that she spoke about their romance.
It’s been 10 years since Nancy Meyers’ “The Holiday” debuted in theaters on Dec. 8, 2006.  Like “Love Actually,” the movie employs the unbeatable combina
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant welcomed their third daughter[Wenn] The former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player has welcomed his third child, with wife Vanessa. They are already pare
Forget phantom limbs - what happens when the ghost haunting your thoughts is your dead, formerly conjoined twin?  This is the subject of author and illustrator Lisa Brown's first graphic novel, "L
It’s been 36 years since John Lennon was gunned down in the archway of the Dakota building in New York City, but his death continues to strike a chord with all those impacted by gun v
It’s the holiday season, and that means time for gifts! But what do you get the angry friend or family member who thinks one of the following: Barack Obama is a secret Muslim. The government cr
Madonna may be a global superstar without parallel, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots.  In this exclusive clip from her forthcoming Showtime special, “Madonna: Rebel Heart To
Kelly Brook shared two busty #throwbackthursday images [Getty] And the 37 year old shared two throwback pictures today in honour of throwback Thursday showing off her ample assets.  In one s
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says that it is shutting down its Breaking News digital service, which provided bulletins on stories through Twitter, a website and its own app. The network said Thursday that the
Trishna Thakrar was the latest candidate to be booted off the series after her team, Team Titans, lost this week’s task by a mile. This week the remaining candidates had to make and brand their own
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers also won this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize.
The American Film Institute announced its picks for the 10 best movies and television shows of 2016 on Thursday. The former list includes the three ostensible Oscar front-runners: “La La L
The first “Star Wars” prequels were not the movies you were looking for. Of course, one blemish stands out from the others — mostly because it just didn’t shut up.&n
Tonight’s episode followed two couples who have faced testing times in their relationships, and saw them tie the knot in emotional scenes. First, viewers were introduced to Sophie and Nick whose li
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Modern musical "La La Land," independent drama "Moonlight" and sci-fi movie "Arrival" were among the diverse genres selected as the year's best films by the American Film Insti
…as The Herald fashion writer Zimoyo shines Tawanda Matanhire Arts Correspondent — Rapper Mudiwa Hood was embarrassed at The Style Oracle Awards held at Casa Mia in Avondale on Wednesday when he

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Essential Politics: California's ballots have all been counted, Democratic leader wants immigration 'safe zones'

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All signs point to former L.A. City Council aide jumping into race to replace Rep. Xavier Becerra

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Demonetisation one month: Gains of PM Modi’s currency crackdown will be known only in the long term

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