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'Moonlight,' 'American Honey' nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

Other movies nominated for the prizes include 'Jackie' and 'Manchester by the Sea.' The Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 25.

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'Jackie' screenwriter: 'I didn't feel like she had ever gotten enough credit for understanding intuitively ... the power of imagery and iconography'

Portman portrays former first lady Jackie Kennedy in the new film of the same name, which is directed by Pablo Larrain. The film co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig.

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'Hamilton Mixtape' emphasizes the show's unusual presence on Broadway

The combination of new tracks and new takes on the show's famous songs emphasizes the musical's diverse influences, like rap and hip-hop – seemingly unusual inspirations on Broadway. 

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Will 'Sons of Anarchy' spin-off 'Mayans' be another cable winner?

Work on a pilot for a 'Sons' spin-off will begin in 2017. FX's 'Sons' became a huge hit for the network when it aired between 2008 and 2014.

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Drake is Spotify's most popular artist for 2016: How he achieved the title

Drake came in at No. 1 on streaming service Spotify's list of most-streamed artists for the year. Singer Justin Bieber placed second, while artist Rihanna occupies third place.

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'Fantastic Beasts' makes more than $500 million: As good as 'Potter'?

The 'Harry Potter' spin-off movie 'Fantastic' has now grossed more than $500 million worldwide. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Alison Sudol.

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Almond shortbread cookies

The dough makes a perfect 'slice and bake' roll, perfect for portioning out cookies for afternoon teas or holiday parties.

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Whirling around on the gig economy

We don’t know the roots of ‘gig,’ but its sound symbolism suggests a certain resilience – which we’re all going to need.

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Acclaimed 'Manchester by the Sea' wins at National Board of Review Awards

'Manchester' stars Casey Affleck as a janitor who goes back to his hometown to take care of his nephew. The National Board of Review deemed it the best movie of 2016.

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Dolly Parton performs on 'Voice' before 'Christmas Of Many Colors' debut

Parton performed her classic song 'Jolene' along with coach Miley Cyrus and the a cappella group Pentatonix on 'The Voice.' A new movie based on Parton's childhood, 'Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors,' is set to premiere on NBC on Nov. 30 following the success of the 2015 TV movie 'Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.'

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Grant Tinker behind-the-scenes force for 'Mary Tyler Moore,' 'Cosby Show'

Tinker was founder of MTM Enterprises, which was the production company behind programs such as 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'The Bob Newhart Show,' and was chairman at NBC when the network aired such hits as 'The Cosby Show' and 'Hill Street Blues.' 'I just had the good luck to be around people who did the kind of work that the audience appreciates,' Tinker said.

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Puréed parsnips

Naturally sweet parsnips turn lusciously silky when cooked in cream, milk and butter. Perfect for holiday dinners – or everyday indulgence.

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'Honest Trailers' YouTube star offers advice for Hollywood

After poking fun at Hollywood movie trailers for five years, voiceover actor Jon Bailey has noticed some patterns in the previews. Here's his advice on how to intrigue moviegoers without giving away the whole film.

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Life lessons from a rat

Catching the rat was amazing. But then it got even more astonishing.

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Grammy Hall of Fame inductions latest honor for David Bowie and Prince

Bowie's song 'Changes' and Prince's album 'Sign "O" the Times' are among the inductees, as are 'Straight Outta Compton' by N.W.A. and R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion.'

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'Portrait of a Man' painting: Destined for a Nazi museum, returned to heirs

The French government has returned 'Portrait of a Man' a 16th-century Flemish painting to Henrietta Schubert, whose grandparents sold it decades ago as they struggled to escape Nazi Germany.

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What 'Moonlight' Gotham Awards wins could mean for the Oscars

The movie became one of the big winners at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking prizes including best feature. Does this give it a better chance at the Oscars?

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Roasted chili tomato soup

After recovering from turkey leftovers, a bowl of spicy tomato soup will hit the spot.

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Voice-over actor finds online fame skewering film trailers

Voice-over actor Jon Bailey has found fans online after serving as the trailer narrator for Screen Junkies' popular YouTube series 'Honest Trailers.' Now he's heading to California to attempt to break into big-screen animation.

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