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Girl power!

Female-led movies do better at the box office than films centering on male leads, regardless of the size of the budget, a new study revealed.

Based on research by the talent agency CAA and the tech company shift7, the study found that movies with a woman as the top-billed cast member...


"A Star Is Born" led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner.

In nominations announced in West Hollywood, Calif., the actors guild —...


After surfacing for a cameo teaser appearance in "Batman v Superman" and a proportional slice of the action in "Justice League," the DC Comics superhero Aquaman (born in 1941) takes center stage, on land and under the sea, in "Aquaman." The "Game of Thrones" actor Jason Momoa’s great in close-up,...


In case you hadn’t been able to surmise from all the coverage it received in various places, including this one, the Connecticut music scene had a fantastic year for new music. It wasn’t just the quantity either. While there were literally hundreds of albums, EPs, and singles to take in, the overall...


Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC's "Today" show in April.

NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show, most recently hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb...


We’ll begin with an unfair apples-and-oranges comparison because, let’s face it, a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a way of unrolling like an endless roll of Fruit by the Foot.

Unlike the hugely profitable, hugely dull live-action Marvel smash "Avengers: Infinity War," the animated "Spider-Man:...


Lindsey Buckingham has peacefully gone his own way -- with a stop at the bank, presumably -- now that he and the four other longtime members of Fleetwood Mac have reached an out-of-court settlement about his dismissal from the group.

The agreement was reached "only a couple of weeks" ago, Buckingham...


Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" topped a quiet weekend at the domestic box office, marking the third straight win for the animated sequel. It earned $16.2 million in its third week of release, generating $140 million since it opened over Thanksgiving.

Another cartooned adventure almost gave...


Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

Capping a swift fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn't want to be...


Pete Shelley, who died Thursday at age 63, was a subversive songwriter who helped sharpen the leading edge of punk. The first incarnation of his band the Buzzcocks didn’t survive the punk era, but Shelley’s catchy, caustic songs endured.

After the Buzzcocks were extolled by artists and bands such...


The music of "Black Panther," with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards, where women are heavily represented in the major four categories following a year where their presence was barely felt.

The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender...


Holiday lovebirds might get a better deal on partridges, golden rings and maids-a-milking this year than Americans who don't base their gift lists on classic carols.

The cost of buying all goods and services in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" has gone up by roughly half the pace of overall U.S....


Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" staged an awards-season coup Thursday, landing a leading six nominations from the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards to narrowly edge more expected favorites like Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," the interracial road-trip drama "Green Book"...


During a recent episode of "SportsCenter," anchor Keith Olbermann was counting down a series of top plays when he arrived at a block by Duke star Zion Williamson. "He puts a 21-49 down!" Olbermann announced as a slow motion replay zoomed in on the thunderous rejection.

That was an inside joke,...


text Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars
Tue, 4 Dec 2018 20:33:00 PST

Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream.

Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed...


"Black Panther," ''A Star Is Born" and "Mary Poppins Returns" are among the American Film Institute's top 10 films of the year.

AFI announced its selections for the 19th AFI Awards Tuesday, recognizing works deemed culturally and artistically significant by a jury of AFI trustees, scholars and...


It’s a Christmas miracle that "Christmas on the Rocks" has now entered its sixth season at TheaterWorks. We need its sweet insanity more than ever.

The show, conceived and directed by the theater’s producing artistic director Rob Ruggiero, is such a wild collection of quirks, jokes and festive...


After an internet uproar over the possibility of "Friends" leaving Netflixat the end of 2018, the streaming giant announced a renewal to keep the sitcom through the end of next year.

Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers spied a notice on Netflix's page for the...


Music lovers craving a dose of ‘90s nostalgia, get ready: Hootie & the Blowfish are back in business.

The rockers announced Monday they’re hitting the road on tour next year with the Barenaked Ladies, and also have a new album in the works.

"We’re writing songs in the studio, we’re making a new...


Disney's "Ralph Breaks the Internet" recharged for its second consecutive weekend atop the North American box office, generating a healthy $25.8 million.

That marks a decline of just 53%, and pushes the animated sequel's domestic haul past $100 million. Overseas, "Ralph" earned $33.7 million this...


The nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards , originally planned for Wednesday, will now be announced Friday. The Recording Academy said Monday that because of former President George H.W. Bush's funeral and public viewing this week, it will push back the release of its nominations. It's a busy...


Here’s less-than-super news for fans of Netflix’s "Daredevil."

The TV series centering on Marvel’s crime-fighting superhero will not be brought back for a fourth season, Netflix announced.

"We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we...


You could have spent the past year reading incendiary insider accounts of the current White House, moving book to book with barely a pause for lunch or earning a living; a few — Michael Lewis’ "The Fifth Risk," perhaps, an appreciation of civil servants who can see past their own noses — might...


Quentin Tarantino is a married man.

The Oscar-winning director tied the knot with Israeli singer and model Daniella Pick in Los Angeles Wednesday, according to People.

The nuptials were reportedly a low-key affair, with only 20 guests, including Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and best man Eli Roth, E!...


text Things to do this week
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:50:00 PST
Cirque Holidaze

Cirque Dreams Holidaze from the Florida-based circus theater empire Cirque Productions, merges holiday merriment with juggling, hoop-twirling, acrobatics, aerial acts and other circus routines at the Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, Dec. 14 to 16. Tickets are $29 to $49....