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Disney’s “Moana” a box office hit, but is it offensive?

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Disney’s animated movie “Moana” debuted to critical acclaim and box office success over the Thanksgiving weekend, but some people in the South Pacific dislike how it depicts their culture. Of particular concern is the movie’s portrayal of the demigod Maui, who is shown as enormous and egotistical, albeit …

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Stars open up about indie films at Gotham Awards

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — awards season!  The awards season unofficially kicked off Monday with the 26th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, which honors feature-length independent films–and has become an early indication of what to expect in the Oscars.  Celebrities from some of the year’s most …

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Beyonce debuts holiday merchandise online

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Beyonce is officially getting in the holiday spirit with some new additions to her online store.  The “Lemonade” diva supplemented her range of apparel tied to her award-winning album with some festive, Christmas-themed items, including sweatshirts, tank-tops and short-shorts. Fans looking to get festive while staying warm can grab red …

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Stars auction off items on Giving Tuesday

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Celebrities are getting in on the action for Giving Tuesday by auctioning off gifts and experiences on eBay’s charity shop.  Fans can bid for clothes off Alicia Keys’ back, a painted canvas print of Michael Phelps’ wingspan or two tickets to “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen.  Ilana Glazer …

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"Gilmore Girls" revival's top 5 buzz-worthy moments

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(Warning: Spoilers ahead) A day after inhaling Thanksgiving meals in true Lorelai and Rory Gilmore fashion, “Gilmore Girls” fans turned on Netflix to return to a small town in Connecticut that they’ve grown to love: Stars Hollow. Fans couldn’t wait for the TV miniseries, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the …

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“Mars”: How humans may explore the Red Planet

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“Mars,” a new series on the National Geographic Channel, marries the documentary form (incorporating interviews with people on how travel to Mars may become a reality) with a fictionalized account of a manned mission to the Red Planet in 2033. The series follows the six-person crew of the Daedalus encountering …

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Casey Affleck’s time has come, again

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Casey Affleck has made a name for himself in films such as “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And now he’s one of this year’s leading candidates for Hollywood’s highest honor. He sat down with Tracy Smith — for some Questions and Answers: …

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Beloved "Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson dies at 82

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LOS ANGELES — Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82. Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, …

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