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'La La Land' leads the pack with 12 nominations for Critics' Choice Awards

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land." (Dale Robinette / Lionsgate/Associated Press)
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in "La La Land." (Dale Robinette / Lionsgate/Associated Press)

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. announced its film nominees for the 22nd Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, with whimsical Los Angeles love story “La La Land” landing 12 nominations. 

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone both garnered nominations for their performances in the film, as did Damien Chazelle for director and screenplay. 

“Arrival” and “Moonlight” scored a hefty 10 nominations each, including nods for picture and director.

Due to the inclusion of genre-specific categories, several actors managed multiple nominations, some for the exact same role.

Movies

Review: 'Jackie' is a transporting, transfixing biopic

A key scene in "Jackie" with Natalie Portman on Air Force One after the assassination of the president with Lyndon Baines Johnson played by John Carroll Lynch, being sworn in. (Fox Searchlight)
A key scene in "Jackie" with Natalie Portman on Air Force One after the assassination of the president with Lyndon Baines Johnson played by John Carroll Lynch, being sworn in. (Fox Searchlight)

Jackie, we hardly knew you.

Though no more than that single name is needed to bring to mind an entire universe of memories, mythology and celebrity, the woman it conjures had a core mystery that remained unassailable despite media scrutiny of the most relentless kind.

To convincingly pull the curtain back on that kind of a life, to be true to the tragic history and alive to the unexplored drama, to take smart and fearless ownership of what could have been an overly familiar story could not have been more difficult.    

But what makes the success of "Jackie" even more remarkable is the paradoxical team that came together to persuasively imagine the behind-the-scenes drama that followed the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Crafting the compelling script, which won the screenwriting prize at Venice, was a man best known as a successful television executive. Directing this story of an American legend was a Chilean filmmaker who'd never worked in English before. And the star was an actress who, despite an Oscar already under her belt, seems with this performance to be finally coming into her own.

TV

CMT releases a new 'Nashville' trailer

Weddings, babies and teenage emancipations — oh, my! Fans of “Nashville,” rejoice: New episodes of your favorite country music drama are on the way.

CMT, which picked up the TV series for a fifth season after ABC canceled it, released the first official trailer for the return of the show centered around the always-complicated lives of country music stars Rayna James (Connie Britton) and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere).

TV

Amazon makes a series out of Sid & Marty Krofft's revamped 'Sigmund and the Sea Monsters' pilot

Amazon Studios has picked up the Sid & Marty Krofft-produced series “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” – a remake of their classic children’s TV show from the 1970s – after the show had been presented to viewers as a pilot.

“Sigmund and the Sea Monster” centers on two brothers, Johnny and Scotty, who along with their cousin Robyn befriend Sigmund, a friendly young sea monster. David Arquette stars as Captain Barnabus, a seagoing villain-type who relentlessly pursues the mini sea monster. The show will be part of Amazon’s Prime Video lineup.

As chronicled in an article earlier this year, the Krofft brothers have been on a bit of a roll lately. They have a successful ongoing kids program in “Mutt and Stuff” on Nickelodeon.  Their action show, “Electra Woman & Dyna Girl,” launched online on Fullscreen. They are also looking to revive other past hits “The Bugaloos,”  “H.R. Pufnstuf” and a new reinvention of “Land of the Lost.” 

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Kanye West is out of the hospital, but he's not out of the rumor mill

Kanye West at the 2016 Met Gala. (Justin Lane / EPA)
Kanye West at the 2016 Met Gala. (Justin Lane / EPA)

With Kanye West finally out of the hospital after more than a week of treatment, the speculative drumbeats around “why did he snap?” and “what’s going on?” were still going strong. 

First the news: Word that the rapper had checked out of UCLA Medical Center was confirmed by The Times on Wednesday.

Here are some of the tidbits that are circulating about what’s up with Yeezy and his family, and what might have sent him into treatment for exhaustion, sleep deprivation and possibly a few other things

Gossip

Amanda Seyfried is expecting a baby with Thomas Sadoski

Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski are going to be parents. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski are going to be parents. (Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images)

Amanda Seyfried is pregnant, expecting a child with fiance Thomas Sadoski, her rep confirmed Wednesday. 

The "Ted 2" actress and her "Life in Pieces" beau started dating earlier this year and got engaged in September, according to People, which first reported the baby news. 

Seyfried showed off her bump in black Givenchy on Tuesday at an event launching the designer's Live Irrésistible fragrance.

In the not-too-distant future, the parents-to-be will be seen on screen together in "The Last Word," a comedy scheduled to hit theaters in March.

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Drinking and driving? In Canada, you could get punished with Nickelback music

Canadian police officers are turning to an alternative form of punishment in order to deter people from drinking and driving this holiday season. 

Police officers in the town of Kensington have concocted a new plan in hopes of preventing people from the offense: music by Nickelback. Are we having fun yet? 

"When we catch you, and we will catch you, on top of a hefty fine, a criminal charge and a year's driving suspension, we will also provide you with a bonus gift of playing the offices copy of Nickelback in the cruiser on the way to jail," the Kensington police said in a Facebook post, which included tips about planning ahead to avoid drinking and driving. 

Adding insult to injury? The post included a photo of a sealed copy of Nickelback's 2001 album, "Silver Side Up."

"Please, let's not ruin a perfectly good unopened copy of Nickelback," continued the post. "You don't drink and drive and we won't make you listen to it."

The post does not reveal exactly why the Kensington police department owns a brand-new cassette of the Nickelback album, but at least its power is being harnessed for good.

Hopefully, the threat of listening to Chad Kroeger and his fellow Canadian rockers will be enough to keep the streets of Kensington safe this winter. 

TV

Netflix offering downloads of some shows to watch offline

Taylor Schilling, left, Natasha Lyonne and Lin Tucci in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." (Ursula Coyote for Netflix)
Taylor Schilling, left, Natasha Lyonne and Lin Tucci in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." (Ursula Coyote for Netflix)

Netflix Inc. will now allow users to download shows and movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch when they’re offline, the company said Wednesday.

Netflix said many popular movies and series are already available for download, including its original shows “Orange Is the New Black” and “The Crown.”

Besides garnering some amount of goodwill from customers, Netflix may also benefit from the data it can gather from users of the new feature.

Movies

Concept art for the 'Power Ranger' movie's Alpha 5 reveals an alien-looking new design

It’s no secret that “Power Rangers” is a departure from the original TV series, and the latest concept art for the movie’s new Alpha 5 is further proof.

Even fans who thought the updated looks for Rita, the Rangers' suits and the Zords were adequate mental preparation for any other redesigns were likely surprised by Alpha’s new design. To borrow some words from Alpha: “Ay yi yi yi yi.”

Revealed by IGN, this new take on the Power Ranger ally is more than a bit of a departure from the character's original look. 

In the TV series, Alpha was Zordon's panicky but devoted robotic assistant who served as the Rangers' adviser and friend. While the new Alpha retains the gold saucer-shaped helmet as well as the red body, not much else is recognizable. It looks like Alpha is now less of a robot and more of an actual alien. 

After seeing the Alpha's new look, one can only wonder how Zordon might be reimagined for “Power Rangers.”

Bill Hader will be providing the voice for Alpha in the upcoming movie, which is set to hit theaters March 24.

Arts

A tour through dark chapters of American history hits close to home at site of internment camp

A banner hung in place in a barracks at Camp Tulelake depicts what it looked like when it housed Japanese American internees during World War II. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
A banner hung in place in a barracks at Camp Tulelake depicts what it looked like when it housed Japanese American internees during World War II. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Over the last month, I’ve logged some serious mileage across California for a story about race and the national parks that was published on Sunday. It explores the ways in which the National Park Service, a federal agency originally charged with protecting wilderness, has come to conserve places that have been the sites of both contentious and inspiring incidents related to race in American history.

As part of the assignment, I toured the Port Chicago Naval Magazine outside San Francisco and sat next to the graves of labor activists Cesar and Helen Chavez in the bucolic Tehachapi Mountains outside Bakersfield. I visited the sites of the former Japanese American internment camps at Tulelake and Manzanar.

On one of those journeys, I casually posted a photograph of an old theater on Tulelake’s main street on social media. My pal Nate Chinen, a New York-based jazz writer whose father was Japanese American, left me a comment: “This is the town where my father spent his first four years, in internment.”

When I saw it, my heart sank.

An exhibit of articles inside a replica barracks at Manzanar National Historic Site. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
An exhibit of articles inside a replica barracks at Manzanar National Historic Site. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
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See how awards shows rank, from must-see to pass

Martin Scorsese after winning the director trophy for "The Departed" at the 2007 Oscars. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Martin Scorsese after winning the director trophy for "The Departed" at the 2007 Oscars. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

We’re just turning the calendar to December, and already awards shows are popping up fast and furious, keeping statue assembly line elves working long into the nights. The Gotham Awards were Monday. Something called the National Board of Review announced its nominees Tuesday. The New York Film Critics Circle and Broadcast Film Critics Assn. will reveal their slates Thursday.

And on Friday they rested. Because even God probably can’t keep up with awards season. 

Which is why we decided to rank the awards shows, letting you know which groups to watch and which to ignore. No need to thank us … unless you win one of these things someday. Then you damn well better mention us in your acceptance speech. (Except if it’s a Hollywood Film Award, that is.)

Miley and Dolly are begging of you, please don't take their man

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton (Tyler Golden/NBC)
Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton (Tyler Golden/NBC)

NBC's celebration of all things Dolly Parton continued Tuesday night as the country music legend joined "The Voice" to perform her classic song "Jolene" with goddaughter Miley Cyrus (with an assist from Pentatonix.)

Parton was perfect, but the collaboration was really Cyrus' moment to shine, her voice nicely suited for the song's soulful lyrics. 

Fans yearning for more Dolly content can check out her NBC film, “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” premiering tonight at 9.

Hillary Clinton surprises Katy Perry with an intro at UNICEF Snowflake Ball

Hillary Clinton and Katy Perry with UNICEF's Pamela Fiori, left, and Caryl Stern, right. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton and Katy Perry with UNICEF's Pamela Fiori, left, and Caryl Stern, right. (Jason Kempin / Getty Images)

Katy Perry was there for Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign, and on Tuesday night in New York City, the politician was there for the pop star in return. 

"We need champions like Katy," surprise guest Clinton said as part of the presentation of UNICEF's Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award to Perry, who has been an international goodwill ambassador for the children's charity since 2013.

The former presidential candidate got a sustained standing ovation at the fundraising gala when she appeared onstage, plus more cheers when she said that the "Roar" singer's lyrics "remind us when you get knocked down to get back up," the Associated Press reported. 

In her acceptance speech, Perry credited Clinton with motivating her to do more than just sing. 

"Hillary has lit that voice inside of me," Perry said, "and that light will never go out!"

The "California Gurls" singer attended the gala with a British guy: boyfriend Orlando Bloom, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2009 and last year's Hepburn award recipient.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

MusicTV

JoJo, Bebe Rexha and Serayah join VH1's 'Divas' holiday special

 (VH1)
(VH1)

VH1 is returning from its four-year "Divas" hiatus with a vengeance.

The network announced Wednesday that JoJo, Bebe Rexha and Serayah will be performing a live version of Darlene Love's "All Alone on Christmas" on "VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night."

The artists join an already-stacked lineup of powerhouse voices for the special, including Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Williams and Teyana Taylor.

"VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night" airs Monday.

BusinessTV

Grant Tinker, former NBC boss and MTM Enterprises founder, dies at 90

Grant Tinker in Beverly Hills in 2006. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)
Grant Tinker in Beverly Hills in 2006. (Danny Moloshok / Associated Press)

Grant Tinker, who brought “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and other hits to the screen as a producer and a network boss, has died.

Tinker died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, Mark Tinker. He was 90.

Though he spent years at NBC, Tinker is best known for his work at MTM Enterprises. He founded the company in 1970 with then-wife Mary Tyler Moore. In addition to Moore’s own groundbreaking situation comedy, MTM scored with series including “Rhoda,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Tinker became NBC chairman in 1981 and led the network out of the cellar with hits such as “The Cosby Show” and “Cheers.”

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'Hawaii Five-O' actor Keo Woolford dies at 49

Keo Woolford performs Robert Cazimero's Hula choreography in 2007. (Christopher Komuro / East West Players)
Keo Woolford performs Robert Cazimero's Hula choreography in 2007. (Christopher Komuro / East West Players)

Actor and filmmaker Keo Woolford, known recently for his role as Detective James Chang on CBS' remake of "Hawaii Five-0," died Monday after suffering a stroke three days earlier, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Publicist Tracy Larrua confirmed his death, noting also that he died at Pali Momi Medical Center in West O’ahu.

His other credits included 2012’s “Act of Valor” and 2014’s “Godzilla.”

He was also recently appointed kumu hula (teacher of hula, basically) of Kumu Hula Robert Cazimero’s award-winning performance Halau Na Kamalei o Lililehua.

"Hawaii Five-O" co-star Daniel Dae Kim and actress Kelly Hu were among those adding tributes on Twitter.

MoviesTV

Lin-Manuel Miranda joins 'The Kingkiller Chronicle' film and TV adaptations

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Looks as if Lin-Manuel Miranda has no plans to slow down anytime soon. The "Hamilton" mastermind has added the film and TV series adaptations of "The Kingkiller Chronicle" to his ever-expanding list of projects. 

Miranda will be the creative producer behind Lionsgate's adaptations, in addition to serving as a producer. Miranda will also compose original music and write the songs for the project. 

A fantasy trilogy by Pat Rothfuss, "The Kingkiller Chronicle" tells the story of the master sword fighter, magician and musician Kvothe. So Miranda will only be creating music for the greatest musician in the world -- no big deal. 

The film adaptation will be based on "The Name of the Wind," the first book of the trilogy, and will be written by Lindsey Beer. 

The TV series, on the other hand, will look beyond the books' storyline. Miranda will join Rothfuss in developing new characters and storylines for the show. The film and TV show will be developed simultaneously.

Miranda, of course, has previously revealed that there is a connection between "Hamilton" and "The Kingkiller Chronicle." 

"'The Story of Tonight' is me trying to capture the feel of Kvothe & his friends leaving the Eaolian," Miranda tweeted, before sharing the specific passage from "The Name of the Wind." 

In addition to the film and TV adaptations, Miranda has the option to be involved in future stage adaptation of the books. 

TV

Grab a tissue: Idina Menzel sings 'Wind Beneath My Wings' in new 'Beaches' trailer

Lifetime has released a trailer for "Beaches," giving viewers their first extended look at the upcoming TV remake starring Idina Menzel and Nia Long. Of course, the trailer is set to Menzel's rendition of the tear-jerker "Wind Beneath My Wings." 

Like the original, the new "Beaches" follows the lifelong friendship of aspiring performer C.C. Bloom (Menzel) and wealthy heiress Hillary Whitney (Long). Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey originated those respective roles in the 1988 film. 

"Beaches" will air on Jan. 21, giving you plenty of time to stock up on tissues.

Gossip

Dolly Parton 'heartbroken' by fires in Tennessee, says Dollywood is OK

Smoke in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Monday soon gave way to flames that forced thousands to evacuate. Tennessee native Dolly Parton offered her prayers Tuesday. (Brianna Paciorka / Knoxville News Sentinel, left; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images, right)
Smoke in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Monday soon gave way to flames that forced thousands to evacuate. Tennessee native Dolly Parton offered her prayers Tuesday. (Brianna Paciorka / Knoxville News Sentinel, left; Michael Loccisano / Getty Images, right)

After raging fires in Tennessee forced thousands to evacuate and destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses in and around Gatlinburg, Dolly Parton offered her prayers and support Tuesday and gave fans an update on the fate of Dollywood in nearby Pigeon Forge. 

"I have been watching the terrible fires in the Great Smoky Mountains and I am heartbroken," the Tennessee native said Tuesday in a statement. "I am praying for all the families affected by the fire and the firefighters who are working so hard to keep everyone safe. It is a blessing that my Dollywood theme park, the DreamMore Resort and so many businesses in Pigeon Forge have been spared."

The fires, which were fueled by wind after burning for weeks in Tennessee and nearby drought-stricken states, were believed to have wiped out an entire resort of more than 100 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains as National Guard troops arrived early Tuesday to help overwhelmed firefighters, the Associated Press reported.

"Last night, for the safety of our guests, resort staff evacuated families in 50 rooms staying at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and families staying in 19 cabins at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins," the park said Tuesday on its website. It'll be closed at least through Wednesday, though DreamMore Resort will be open "on a limited basis for those in need and for registered guests."  

Emergency officials ordered evacuations in downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and in other areas of Sevier County near the Great Smoky Mountains, the Associated Press reported. About 14,000 residents and visitors were evacuated from Gatlinburg alone, officials told the AP.

TV

Review: 'Drunk History's' funny and inspiring all-'Hamilton' episode with Lin-Manuel Miranda

Alia Shawkat plays Alexander Hamilton and Tony Hale is James Monroe in an all-"Hamilton" episode of "Drunk History." (Comedy Central)
Alia Shawkat plays Alexander Hamilton and Tony Hale is James Monroe in an all-"Hamilton" episode of "Drunk History." (Comedy Central)

Tuesday night on "Drunk History," Lin-Manuel Miranda joins host Derek Waters in a very special all-"Hamilton" episode. Unlike the sold-out-until-the-Cory-Booker-administration Broadway hit, which Miranda wrote and performed in — lately in the news when the presence of vice president-elect Mike Pence caused a clamor —  there is no rapping. But there is a performance of Semisonic's "Closing Time."

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