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'Miss Sloane' isn't as fun as it should be

'Sloane' is a painstakingly slick political thriller about a brilliant lone wolf lobbyist (Jessica Chastain). It's a wannabe Aaron Sorkin-meets-Shonda Rhimes glimpse into the world of inside-the-Beltway dealings.

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'O.J.: Made in America' named among year's best, despite unusual release

As critics look back at the best work released in 2016, 'Made' is turning up frequently on best-of lists. The documentary aired on TV for multiple nights and was also briefly screened in movie theaters.

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Can escapist musical 'La La Land' win over weary Oscars voters?

The musical 'La La Land,' which is now in limited release, is currently seen as an Oscars frontrunner. Will voters be won over by the movie after a difficult 2016?

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2016 holiday cookie swap: Old-fashioned gingerbread cookies

This is a classic German gingerbread cookie recipe perfect for a Christmas tea.

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Top Picks: The movie 'Jason Bourne,' the app Tollsmart, and more

'A Pentatonix Christmas Special' has new takes on holiday music classics, the app Workfrom gives you tips on where to settle with your laptop, and more top picks.

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Can Congressional legislation beat scalper bots?

Vendors who use “bots” to snatch up event tickets, only to later resell them at considerable markups, may soon be subject to federal prosecution.

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Pantone goes very green with hopeful Color of the Year

The choice, settled somewhere between prediction and hope, seems a response to the current climate of political and social division.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' teaser revealed: What made first movie a hit?

A quick clip has been released to promote the upcoming 'Spider-Man' movie 'Homecoming,' which will be released during the summer of 2017. The new movie will debut 15 years after 2002's 'Spider-Man' became one of the most financially successful films of all time and an often-praised movie about the webslinger.

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Did 'Hairspray Live!' win over reviewers with its message of acceptance?

NBC aired its latest live musical production with 'Hairspray Live!,' a show that tells the story of the efforts to integrate a dance TV show in 1960s Baltimore. Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, and Jennifer Hudson star in the program.

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Butternut squash lasagna

The flavors of this vegetarian lasagna recipe are enhanced by an easy-to-make decadent béchamel sauce.

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What the commonwealth still requires

When civilization seems to be under pressure in the ‘post-truth’ era, the public library helps hold things together.

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How Mozart became a bestseller in 2016

The biggest CD seller of 2016 was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, thanks to a new, complete collection of his recorded works.

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NBC musicals return with 'Hairspray': Why do we still want live shows?

TV viewers watch shows on their own schedules more than ever before, but people are still tuning in for events like NBC's now-annual live musical productions.

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Upcoming Pixar movie 'Coco' will star all-Latino cast

Lee Unkrich, the director of the Pixar film 'Coco,' says the actors in the movie are all Latino. Another step towards more diversity in Hollywood productions? 

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Whitewashing? Matt Damon defends 'Great Wall' casting.

Matt Damon stars in the upcoming movie as a British soldier who helps the Chinese fight against strange creatures. 'That whole idea of whitewashing, I take that very seriously,' the actor said.

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Holiday 2016: ideas for the foodie on your gift list

From cookbook suggestions to pretty ceramics to chocolate subscriptions, a few festive finds for the food lover in your life.

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Going postal at Christmas

The machine clicked loudly, telegraphing any signs of hesitation to all in the crowded lobby.

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Jimmy Kimmel to host Oscars: Why the late-night host was selected (+video)

Kimmel has been selected to host the Oscars 2017 telecast, which will air on Feb. 26. Kimmel hosts ABC's late-night program 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

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Grammy nominations include streaming-only music for first time

Artists nominated include Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Rihanna. Following a rules change, this year's nominees include work released only through a streaming service, such as Chance the Rapper's 'Coloring Book.'

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Coconut snowball cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth snowball cookies can help to usher in the holiday baking season.

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