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Mariah Carey is returning to the scene of her musical crime last year, when her disastrous live performance on New Year’s Eve seemed to perfectly sum up 2016.

ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced Friday that the multiplatinum superstar will perform again on “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest” for a second consecutive year.

Carey joins the list of previously announced performers, including Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland.

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After skipping their annual Christmas card last year in the wake of Kim Kardashian being robbed at gunpoint, the Kardashian-Jenner family came back Advent-calendar style for 2017: They dropped 25 cards one at a time on the way to the big day. 

What started out as simply a picture of a pile of presents next to a Christmas tree ended with an image of nearly the whole family next to the same tree, with lots of little kids mixed in. Aww.

Each family member treated the one-per-day game differently on social media. 

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There's a lot of us who are young British actors who this is our first experience of being in a show like this, and I think that bonds you in a certain way. I don't want it to become a kind of monster where it stops being personal. At the moment, it feels like a very close-knit family that we're part of.

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(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

I think careers have to change. If they don't, you have to. I have always admired the careers of Katharine Hepburn and Joanne Woodward, women who have had long careers. I have always wanted a long career, not just pounding it out. [My career] is not the end-all, be-all.

Scene from "It's a Wonderful Life."
Scene from "It's a Wonderful Life." (RKO Pictures)

Yes, it’s been more than 70 years since James Stewart starred in the 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But Frank Capra’s holiday fable centered on everyman George Bailey hasn’t lost its relevance. On Christmas Eve, during the film’s primetime airing on NBC, it was trending on Twitter thanks to the live tweeting of viewers from all sides of the political spectrum, and those who don’t want to think about politics at all over the holidays. (And for those on the West Coast wanting to join the conversation, the movie airs on NBC at 8 p.m.)

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SZA
SZA (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

In 2017, we needed entertainment more than ever — as both a way to make sense of the chaos going on in the world, and a salve and means of escape. Some of the highlights: Jordan Peele's indie darling "Get Out," which did blockbuster numbers at the box office ($175 million, to be exact) and ushered in a robust year for indie films ("Lady Bird"! "Three Billboards"! "The Big Sick"!). We saw “around the way girls” Tiffany Haddish and Cardi B defy the odds and conquer 2017 armed with big dreams and a killer sense of humor. And women in both titular and in supporting roles stole the show in the year's biggest blockbusters (we're looking at you, Gal Gadot and Kelly Marie Tran). Here are our picks for the biggest breakouts of the year.

Kent Damon, left, and his son Matt attend the premiere of "The Town" at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept 14, 2010.
Kent Damon, left, and his son Matt attend the premiere of "The Town" at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept 14, 2010. (Bryce Vickmark / Getty Images)

News came over the holiday weekend that Kent Damon, the father of Oscar winner Matt Damon, has died after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 74.

Kent Damon died on Dec. 14 after complications from multiple myeloma, a rare blood disease that affects the bone marrow, the actor’s rep Jennifer Allen confirmed to the Associated Press on Saturday.

Damon’s father was diagnosed with disease in 2010 and the condition worsened over the last few months. The actor, who has diligently worked to raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment since the diagnosis, shared his father’s prognosis while promoting Alexander Payne’s eco-conscious satire “Downsizing” earlier this month.

  • Birthdays
(David Kawashima / For The Los Angeles Times)

Listen, buddy after 20 years in the business, I don't have to prove anything to anybody —  I'm here to add, not to subtract. There are a lot of people that hate Ricky Martin. I am not going to think about that. I'm going to think about the people who really appreciate what I've done for music.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Livin’ the serious life

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Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey (Kirk Mckoy / Los Angeles Times)

“It’s a fraud! It’s a fraud! IT’S A FRAUD!” says Oprah Winfrey.

The TV mogul has warned her millions of followers that deceptive social media accounts are trying to bamboozle her fans.

Multiple fraudulent accounts appropriating Winfrey’s name, avatar and her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) have popped up promising monetary Christmas rewards to followers and then asking for money.

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Bill Hader and Maggie Carey in 2014.
Bill Hader and Maggie Carey in 2014. (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzales / AFP/Getty Images)

“Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader and his wife, Maggie Carey, have called it quits after 11 years of marriage.

Hader filed his divorce petition on Thursday, according to documents obtained by the Blast.

Reps for actor-producer Hader, 39, and Carey, a screenwriter and director, did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.