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Holiday Box Office Survival Guide

WTOP Film Critic Jason Fraley counts down the best movies of the year. Today, the top 10.

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  • Good, bad and weird of NFL season

    Every NFL season offers much to marvel at or laugh about, and plenty of chances to shake our heads in befuddled wonderment. That final description certainly fits the mind-numbing off-field news that plagued the league…

  • N. Korea calls Obama ‘monkey’ in hacking row

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called President Barack Obama “a monkey” and blamed the U.S. on Saturday for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the comedy “The Interview.” North Korea…

  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family…

  • Will ‘The Interview’ change how Hollywood does business?

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Interview” was never supposed to be a paradigm-shifting film. But unusual doesn’t even begin to describe the series of events that transpired over the past few weeks, culminating in the…

  • PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

    Copyright 5/8/2014 Publishers Weekly. Week ending 12/21/2014, powered by Nielsen Bookscan 5/8/2014 The Nielsen Company. HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 2. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson (Little, Brown) 3. “Revivial”…

  • WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

    Best-Selling Books Week Ended Dec. 21th. FICTION 1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) 2. “Gray Mountain” by John Grisham (Doubleday) 3. “Hope to Die” by James Patterson…

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Game changers who made their mark in 2014. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” —Not available. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation”…

  • 1990s TV star ‘Screech’ charged in bar stabbing

    Dustin Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was charged Friday with stabbing a man during a bar fight on Christmas. Diamond, 37, faces charges of felony second-degree recklessly…

  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap

    TOKYO (AP) — Sony’s iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it’s apparent…

  • Las Vegas New Year’s Eve prep takes year effort

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226…

  • Las Vegas New Year’s Eve prep takes year effort

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226…

  • Texas movie set used by John Wayne fading away

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960…

  • At 89, enigmatic Angela Lansbury is back in the ‘Spirit’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Angela Lansbury has moved yet again. This time, home is the Ahmanson Theatre, where the 89-year-old Tony winner and honorary Oscar recipient has settled in for a six-week run of Noel…

  • Jennifer Lawrence visits hospital over the holidays

    WASHINGTON — Actress Jennifer Lawrence can make people smile in her movies, but over the Christmas season she make patients smile when she visited a Kentucky hospital. The Hunger Games actress, who is from Kentucky, visited Kosair…

  • Creator of ‘Tail! Spin!’ talks about power, truth

    NEW YORK (AP) — One had a “wide stance” and another was “hiking the Appalachian Trail.” Those were some of the excuses put forward by politicians caught in recent sex scandals. Mario Correa, a political…