Without Williams, NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ widens lead

NBC’s viewers aren’t missing Brian Williams. Its Nightly News, with substitute anchor Lester Holt, averaged a first-place 10.1 million viewers last week, a 416,000-viewer advantage over ABC’s World News with

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Rousing underdog tale ‘McFarland’ wins hearts

McFarland, USA is a feel-good sports movie that actually lives up to the notion. The idea of an inspirational saga anchored by Kevin Costner doesn’t elicit the hopes it might

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Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler is still amazed by perks of sudden fame

Rob Gronkowski isn’t the only member of the New England Patriots having a few epic post-Super Bowl weeks. The gregarious tight end was certainly an recognizable personality well before his

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By Jove, is Colin Firth returning for a ‘Kingsman’ sequel?

The Colin Firth faithful (the Firthful?) probably cried in their pints a little bit upon seeing their favorite guy and newly minted action hero go down in Kingsman, but at

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ whips up $30 million

Fifty Shades of Grey opened Friday with a bang — an impressive $30.2 million haul, according to studio estimates. The book adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel took in $8.6

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‘Grand Budapest,’ ‘Imitation Game’ top WGAs

The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game were named the best original and adapted screenplays of 2014 on Saturday night from the Writers Guild of America, which handed out

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‘Fifty Shades’ makes box office its valentine

The only real box office question on Valentine’s Day weekend was just how high the R-rated Fifty Shades of Grey would go. The answer Sunday morning was a resounding $81.7

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‘SNL’: How a ‘variety show’ ignited a comedy revolution

On Oct. 11, 1975, TV history was made. Or at least the variety-show format was turned on its ear, thanks to producer Lorne Michaels, a group of relative unknown comedians

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‘Nightly News’ keeps ratings lead amid Williams scandal

NBCNightly News with Brian Williams beat its competitors last week while the anchor battled accusations of embellishing stories about his reporting, according to new ratings data released Tuesday. The nightly

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Detroit’s walking man to get $350K, lots of advice

One week after he gained global attention for his 21 miles and two bus rides of daily commuting, Detroiter James Robertson looked no different. But Robertson, 56, said that his

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Publisher: Harper Lee is ‘happy as hell’ about new book

Was reclusive and ailing author Harper Lee an active participant in the astonishing decision to publish a long-awaited second novel? Responding to the doubts about that question, her publisher, HarperCollins,

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‘SNL’s’ anniversary features first show

NBC will rebroadcast the late-night comedy program’s inaugural episode on Feb. 14 (11:30 p.m. ET/PT), one day before the primetime SNL 40th Anniversary Special (Feb. 15, 8 p.m. ET/PT). The

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Is ‘Sniper’ readying to ambush the Oscars?

American Sniper has its sights set on your Oscars. Racking up close to $250 million, director Clint Eastwood’s drama about real-life military marksman Chris Kyle has become a wild card

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Katy Perry blew away the Super Bowl halftime show

With the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks providing fireworks at the end of the first half of Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry brought some too, literally. The mega-pop star

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‘Me and Earl’ wins top 2 Sundance awards

High school years were the focus of several Sundance Film Festival award winners this year, with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sweeping the competition, held Saturday night in

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Bobbi Kristina Brown ‘alive and breathing’

Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub Saturday, almost exactly three years after the legendary singer died in a tub. A spokeswoman for the Roswell,

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