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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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  • 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…

  • Box office: ‘The Interview’ makes $1 million theater debut

    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…

  • Jazz great Buddy DeFranco dies at age 91

    PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco — who collaborated with Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era — has died at the age of 91,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 5 things to know about Alamo Village

    BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas businessman wants to revive Alamo Village, the movie set built by John Wayne for his epic film about the historic Alamo siege. It’s been closed since 2009. Here are…

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of ‘The Interview’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Critics and early viewers agree that “The Interview” is less than a masterpiece. But thanks to threats from hackers that nearly derailed its release, it has become an event. Hundreds of…

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    Can Democrats reassemble ‘Obama coalition for 2016 after midterm shellacking? ATLANTA (AP) — Republicans crowed in 2004 that freshly re-elected President George W. Bush had established a “permanent governing majority” for the GOP. Eight years…

  • Moviegoers react to local screenings of ‘The Interview’

    WASHINGTON — Hackers promised 911 style violence. And reviewers weren’t delivering raves. But for the people who showed up to the early viewing of ‘The Interview’ at a Brandywine movie theater on Christmas Day, none…