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Final 'Game of Thrones' season will air in 2019

 The final season of "Game of Thrones" will feature veterans of the show behind the scenes when it airs in 2019. HBO said Thursday that David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct and Benioff and Weiss along with Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill will write the episodes.

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Ed Sheeran helps music industry hit a high note in 2017

Ed Sheeran's album "Divide" was the most popular album of 2017, helping the music industry enjoy a growth spurt during the year, according to Nielsen Music.

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Netflix greenlights 'Bright' sequel, Smith to return as star

Despite scathing reviews from critics, Netflix has greenlit a sequel to "Bright," with star Will Smith and director David Ayer expected to return. The streaming service announced the plans Wednesday, just two weeks after the fantasy police drama debuted.

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DJ Khaled accepts the award for favorite song rap/hip-hop for

'Wild Thoughts' for Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers International climbed after it struck a deal with producer and recording artist DJ Khaled, who will represent the brand to millions of follows on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Singer Carrie Underwood also injured her face in fall

Country singer Carrie Underwood is bringing in 2018 by sharing more details about more injuries that she suffered after a fall that broke her wrist.

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Singer Barry Gibb performs at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, in Somerset, England.

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb tapped as British knights

A Beatle and a Bee Gee are among the celebrated citizens who have been selected for knighthood and other awards given in the name of Britain's monarch.

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Halle Berry, Carol Burnett among Golden Globe presenters

Halle Berry, Gal Gadot and Chris Hemsworth are among the first presenters announced for next month's Golden Globe Awards.

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Singer Rihanna poses for photographers as she arrives to Christian Dior's Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris. Rihanna is mourning the death of her cousin and calling an end to gun violence. The singer posted three photo

Rihanna mourns cousin's death, calls an end to gun violence

Rihanna is mourning the death of her cousin and calling for an end to gun violence. The singer posted photos of herself with 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne on Instagram on Tuesday, writing that she "can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!"

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Heather Menzies-Urich, from left, Kym Karath and Debbie Turner, cast members in the classic film

'Sound of Music' actress Heather Menzies-Urich dies at 68

Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film, "The Sound of Music," has died. She was 68.

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Matt Damon's father dies of cancer at 74; had blood disease

Matt Damon's father has died in Massachusetts at age 74 after a long battle with cancer.

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In this photo released by Kensington Palace on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for one of two official engagement photos, at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagement photos released

Britain's Kensington Palace has released two official photos of Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, to mark the couple's engagement.

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Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the European premiere of the Netflix film 'Bright' in London.  Smith is at it again as a sci-fi cop in the new Netflix film “Bright.” The film, in select theaters and on Netflix starting Dec. 22, has not

What makes Will Smith's world 'Bright' _ money, he jokes

"Just money. Lots of money." So goes Will Smith's tongue-in-cheek summation of why he took on what has turned into one of the worst reviewed films of the season, the big-budget Netflix release "Bright."

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This image released by Paramount Pictures shows actor Matt Damon, left, on the set of

In a shrinking Hollywood, Payne aims big in 'Downsizing'

There are rituals to an Alexander Payne production. Movie nights on Wednesdays during pre-production at Payne's house, with pizza and soft drinks. Friday-night screenings during post-production with martinis. And, reliably, an endless struggle to secure financing.

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Michael Jackson gestures as he leaves court during his trial on child molestation charges in Santa Maria, Calif.

Michael Jackson sex abuse lawsuit dismissed

A judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit brought by a choreographer who alleged Michael Jackson molested him as a child, resolving one of the last major claims against the late singer's holdings.

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Lady Gaga performs during a hurricanes relief concert in College Station, Texas. Lady Gaga will join the list of superstars with regularly scheduled shows in Las Vegas in 2018, when she kicks off a two-year residency in December. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

Lady Gaga achieves 'dream' with Las Vegas residency

Lady Gaga will join the list of superstars with regularly scheduled shows in Las Vegas in 2018, when she kicks off a two-year residency in December.

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Tyler Perry poses for a portrait in New York to promote his book,

Perry writes about the 'Higher' power that sustains him

Tyler Perry has always relied on the word of God to lift him up in troubling times, but even he admits the onslaught of negative headlines over the past 18 months has tested his spirit.

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Nelly approaches the stage for a concert in Irbil, northern Iraq.

Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape

The rapper Nelly will not face rape charges because the accuser is not cooperating, prosecutors in Washington state said.

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Daisy Ridley as Rey in

'The Last Jedi' opens with $220M, 2nd best weekend all-time

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will happily settle for second. Rian Johnson's second installment in the third "Star Wars" trilogy rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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From left, Chadwick Boseman as Panther, Paul Bettany as Vision, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, and Don Cheadle as War Machine in a scene from

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

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Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of

Review: 'Jumanji' sequel serves up stars, good hearted fun

More than two decades after Robin Williams conquered that pesky board game, "Jumanji" has been resurrected with more and glossier stars (Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black), a comedy director and a "modern" twist. The result, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ," is a very sweet, and generally entertaining body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself.

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Movies

Lav Diaz, director of 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' addresses the audience after receiving the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a feature film that opens new perspectives.

Migrant island documentary "Fire at Sea" wins at Berlin fest

BERLIN (AP) — "Fire at Sea," a documentary about the Italian island of Lampedusa — many migrants' first destination on risky journeys toward safety and a better life in Europe

TV

Bill Cosby enters the Montgomery County Courthouse for a court appearance in Norristown, Pa.

Cosby loses appeal; case appears headed to evidence hearing

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's criminal sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a judge denied his latest effort to throw the charges out.

Music

Ex-ABBA members make rare joint appearance at grand opening

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The four former members of iconic Swedish pop group ABBA have made a rare joint appearance for the opening of a Stockholm restaurant inspired by the "Mamma Mia!" musical.

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