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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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  • 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…

  • 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…