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Box Office: 'Lego Batman' Flies High Over 'Great Wall,' 'Fist Fight'

Boosted by strong critical support, the spinoff of 2014's "The Lego Movie" has made $108 million in its first 11 days. "Great Wall," the most expensive movie ever shot in China, has struggled.

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Here's how the valued Oscar statuettes are created

New Oscars will be handed out at the 2017 ceremony on Feb. 26. Here's how the statuettes themselves are made.

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'Hidden Figures' screenwriter Allison Schroeder came to movie following NASA-centric family history

Schroeder's grandfather and grandmother worked at NASA, while Schroeder herself, growing up near Cape Canaveral, remembers seeing launches at school.

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Zucchini fritters

Served with a poached egg on top, zucchini fritters make an easy carb-free breakfast.

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Critics advise against scaling 'The Great Wall' – could it kill East-West collaboration?

'The Great Wall,' a Hollywood-China co-production, has received negative reviews and industry watchers are predicting it will open behind such box office holdovers as 'The LEGO Batman Movie.' 

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Top Picks: Oscar best picture nominees, the 'Song Exploder' podcast, and more

The GateGuru app could make your flight easier, the movie 'The Eagle Huntress' tells an inspiring story, and more top picks.

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Stars, bestselling source material power 'Big Little Lies': How HBO, FX are remaking miniseries

'Big Little Lies,' which is based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty and stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley, debuts on HBO on Feb. 19.

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Staying in touch with our mother tongues

Thoughts on language rights and language learning as International Mother Language Day is observed.

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Bright, lively, springlike: Pan-seared salmon with parsley lemon sauce

A simple 'sauce' of parsley, lemon zest and juice, capers, scallions, garlic, and olive oil delivers the promise of spring when spooned over pan-seared salmon.

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Disney's live-action 'Mulan' hires female director, Niki Caro, in still-rare move

Niki Caro becomes one of the few women to be brought on to helm a movie budgeted at more than $100 million. Caro has previously directed 'Whale Rider' and the upcoming film 'The Zookeeper's Wife.'

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Rumor the German shepherd confirms she is paws above the rest

Rumor the German shepherd came out of retirement to take Best in Show at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden. She's the first German shepherd to win the top prize in three decades.

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The fight against fake news is putting librarians on the front line – and they say they’re ready

As fake news and complex immigration orders have inundated the public sphere, libraries are opening their doors and fact-checking skills to people of all backgrounds seeking information. 

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I keep running into Mary Richards

First she was my idol, then my peer, and finally a lesson in grace.

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ABC selects first black Bachelorette in move toward diversity for long-running TV franchise (+video)

'The Bachelor' contestant Rachel Lindsay will star on an upcoming season of 'The Bachelorette.' The 'Bachelor' series began in 2002 but has never had a black bachelor or bachelorette as its star.

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Valentine sugar cookie cake

If you love frosted sugar cookies but are running short on time to roll and cut heart-shaped cookies, here's a simple fix to satisfy your pink frosting fix on Valentine's Day.

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Adele dedicates album win to Beyoncé: Why mega female solo stars are having a moment

The two singers, as well as fellow female singers Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift, have all found massive success. But why there still so few women in the music industry overall?

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Baked orecchiette with Italian sausage and taleggio sauce

Serve some garlic bread and a salad with this meaty, cheesy pasta dish to make the perfect comfort food meal.

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Bette Midler, Glenn Close return to Broadway – here's what else to expect on Great White Way this spring

Midler will star in a revival of 'Hello, Dolly!,' with previews beginning March 15, while Close will appear in 'Sunset Boulevard,' for which previews have already begun. 

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Pre-Grammys, album forms are fluid, streaming grows

Ahead of the 2017 Grammys, the form of an album continues to change and streaming services continue to dominate music. Beyoncé has received the most Grammy nominations with nine.

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CNN's 'History of Comedy' keeps the funny in the fundamentals of the comedy it probes

The docuseries debuted on Feb. 9 and will air its next episode on Feb. 16. The program bursts with information as well as laughter.

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