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Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man. When he meets Peter Parker, he suddenly realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents. Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other dimensions.

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2019 SAG Awards: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper lead nominations

The nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were announced Wednesday in Los Angeles by Laverne Cox and Awkwafina, and “A Star Is Born” leads the pack in film.

Variety reported that the Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga movie has four nominations, including best actor, best actress, best ensemble and best supporting actor. Other notable nominees include Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman,” Sterling K. Brown for “This Is Us,” Robin Wright for “House of Cards,” “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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The awards are given annually by the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to recognize outstanding performances in film and prime time TV. The show will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Jan. 27.

The full list of nominees is below.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role:Christian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role:Emily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”Glenn Close, “The Wife”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleMahershala Ali, “Green Book”Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAmy Adams, “Vice”Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture“A Star Is Born”“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“Crazy Rich Asians”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAntonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”Darren Criss, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”Bill Pullman, “The Sinner” 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAmy Adams, “Sharp Objects”Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”Penelope Cruz, “Assassination of Gianni Versace”Emma Stone, “Maniac”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesJason Bateman, “Ozark”Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesJulia Garner, “Ozark”Laura Linney, “Ozark”Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”Bill Hader, “Barry”Henry Winkler, “Barry”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesAlex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Alison Brie, “GLOW”Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series“The Americans”“Better Call Saul”“The Handmaid’s Tale”“Ozark”“This Is Us”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series“Atlanta”“Barry”“GLOW”“The Kominsky Method”“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series“Glow”“Marvel’s: Daredevil”“Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”“The Walking Dead”“Westworld”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture“Ant-Man and the Wasp”“Avengers: Infinity War”“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“Black Panther”“Mission: Impossible – Fallout”

Senator defends '90s boy band booted from Connecticut parking lot

Things got a little hot for 98 Degrees on Tuesday, but a U.S. senator from Connecticut quickly jumped in to cool down the controversy.

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The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.”

The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.”

“98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted.

The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.”

The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.

Robert Caro reflects on his career in upcoming book

Robert Caro's next book isn't his fifth and final volume on Lyndon Johnson or like anything he has done before.

"Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing," to be published by Alfred A. Knopf in April, combines personal reflections and professional guidance as Caro looks back on his singular history as a writer and reporter. The book includes previous lectures and interviews, but also new material. In the introduction, the 83-year-old Caro writes that the 240-page "Working" is not a "full-length memoir," which he still hopes to write, but a more informal gathering of "thoughts" and "experiences" behind such prize-winning books as his Johnson biography "Master of the Senate" and his classic book on municipal builder Robert Moses, "The Power Broker."

"Here we have ... some scattered, almost random glimpses of a few encounters I've had while doing the research on the Moses and Johnson books, encounters both with documents and with witnesses," he writes. "It includes also a few things I've learned or discovered, or think I've learned or discovered, about the writing of biography and indeed nonfiction in general which I'd like to share or pass along."

Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said this week that Caro had been thinking about the book for a long time and that it "opens a window" into his career.

Caro does have disappointing news for those waiting for the next Johnson book: The author remains "several years" from completion. The fourth Johnson biography, "The Passage of Power," came out in 2012, and ended in the initial months of Johnson's presidency, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The fifth book is expected to cover the rest of his time in the White House, which he left in 1969, and continue to his death four years later.

Caro began writing about Johnson in the mid-1970s and over the decades has built a large and obsessive following, somehow keeping readers in suspense as if he were writing installments for a novel. His Johnson biographies, which also include "Means of Ascent" and "The Path to Power," each run several hundred pages or more and have contained extensive sections on everything from rural electrification to the passing of a Senate bill. The books have brought Caro the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle prize and made him among the world's most famous and influential historians.

In his introduction to "Working," Caro raises an obvious question.

"Why am I publishing these random recollections toward a memoir while I'm still working on the last volume of the Johnson biography, when I haven't finished it, while I'm still — at the age of 83 — several years from finishing it?" he writes. "The answer is, I'm afraid, quite obvious, and if I forget it for a few days, I am frequently reminded of it, by journalists who, in writing about me and my hopes of finishing, often express their doubts of that happening in a sarcastic phrase: 'Do the math.'

"Well, I can do that math. I am quite aware that I may never get to write the memoir, although I have so many thoughts about writing, so many anecdotes about research, that I would like to preserve for anyone interested enough to read them. I decided that, just in case, I'd put some of them down on paper now."

'Selena: The Series': Netflix announces new show about Selena Quintanilla

A new series about slain Tejano icon Selena Quintanilla is heading to Netflix in 2020, the streaming service announced Tuesday.

According to a Netflix press release, the scripted drama, produced by Campanario Entertainment, is "a coming-of-age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family and music."

The singer's family is "fully involved in the project and will be executive producers," the release said

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"Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory," the singer's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, said in a statement. "With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come."

Quintanilla, who was killed in 1995 by her fan club's president, gained international fame before her death at age 23, selling more than 65 million albums, NBC News reported.

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Marilyn Monroe memorabilia auction fetches more than $1.6M

An auction of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia has earned more than $1.6 million, including $120,000 paid for a touring version of the actress' iconic white dress from "The Seven Year Itch."

Profiles in History on Wednesday morning announced the results of the "Essentially Marilyn" auction held Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The "Seven Year Itch" dress is a version of the one featured during the film's infamous subway-grate scene that designer Bill Travilla, made for Monroe to use on tours and in exhibits.

A photograph that Monroe signed to 20th Century Fox executive Ben Lyon and says "you found me, named me, and believed in me" was sold for $45,000. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, Monroe changed her name after coming to Hollywood.

'A Star Is Born' tops SAG Awards nominations, snubs abound

"A Star Is Born" led nominations for the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards with four nods including best ensemble on Wednesday, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper's romantic revival as this year's Academy Awards front runner.

In nominations announced Wednesday morning in West Hollywood, Calif., the actors guild — on of the most predictive bellwethers of the Oscars — threw cold water on the awards campaigns of numerous contenders while elevating others. But "A Star Is Born" fared the best of all, landing nominations for Cooper (best male actor), Lady Gaga (best female actor) and Sam Elliott (best supporting male actor).

The other nominees for the group's top award, best ensemble, were: "Black Panther," ''Bohemian Rhapsody," ''BlacKkKlansman" and "Crazy Rich Asians."

That category is the most closely watched of the SAG Awards because only once in the last decades has the eventual Oscars best picture winner not been nominated for best ensemble at the SAG Awards. The one aberration, though, was last year, when Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" overcame the SAG omission on its way to winning best picture.

Unless a new trend is forming, that's bad news for Oscar hopefuls like "Vice," Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic (which led last week's Golden Globe nominations); Alfonso Cuaron's Netflix drama "Roma" (the overwhelming choice of critics groups); and the 1962 road trip "Green Book."

"Vice" still scored SAG nods for Christian Bale and Amy Adams, just as "Green Book" won nominations for Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

But "Roma" was shut out entirely, as was Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong drama "First Man" and Barry Jenkins' Harlem love story "If Beale Street Could Talk." Most expected Regina King of "Beale Street" to be among the supporting female actor nominees.

Instead, Wednesday's nominations gave a boost to "Bohemian Rhapsody," the Freddie Mercury biopic that has been a hit with audiences but was slammed by critics. Its star, Rami Malek, was also nominated for best actor.

Yorgos Lanthimos' period romp "The Favourite" failed to crack best ensemble, but its three leads — Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone — were all nominated.

Emily Blunt scored two nominations herself: one for her lead performance in "Mary Poppins Returns" and one for her supporting role in "A Quiet Place."

In television categories, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and "Ozark" led with four nominations each. "Barry," ''GLOW," ''The Handmaid's Tale," and "The Kominsky Method" trailed close behind with three nominations each.

The SAG Awards will be held Jan. 27 and broadcast live by TNT and TBS. This year's show will honor Alan Alda with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

'Jurassic Park,' 'Shining' added to National Film Registry

The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "Jurassic Park," ''Brokeback Mountain" and "My Fair Lady" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

"These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams," Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, said in a statement.

The national library chose a few more memorable titles such as "The Shining," ''Eve's Bayou" ''Hud" and "Broadcast News." Others on the list include 1898 film "Something Good - Negro Kiss" and "Smoke Signals" from 1998, along with animated films "Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People" (1984) and "Cinderella" (1950).

The library selected movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic and artist importance since the registry began in 1988. This year's picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 750.

"Brokeback Mountain," released in 2005, is the newest film on the registry. The Oscar-winning film delved into the tragic tale of two cowboys who fall in love and starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger.

Ang Lee, director of the film, said he never intended for "Brokeback Mountain" to make a statement, but simply wanted to tell a love story.

"To my great surprise, the film ended up striking a deep chord with audiences; the movie became a part of the culture, a reflection of the darkness and light — of violent prejudice and enduring love — in the rocky landscape of the American heart," Lee said in a statement.

Steven Spielberg's 1993 original "Jurassic Park" was a blockbuster and the top public vote-getter to make its way into the registry this year.

Several films showcased the ethnic diversity of American cinema: "Smoke Signals" (1998) and "Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency" (1908) explored the culture of Native Americans.

Other additions include ""Days of Wine and Roses" (1962), "Bad Day at Black Rock" (1955), "The Girl Without a Soul" (1917), "Hearts and Minds" (1974), "The Informer" (1935), "The Lady From Shanghai" (1947), "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945), "Monterey Pop" (1968), "The Navigator" (1924), "On the Town" (1949), "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961), "Pickup on South Street" (1953) and "Rebecca" (1940).


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Oprah Winfrey praises Toni Morrison at Manhattan dinner gala

Oprah Winfrey was in town to praise one of her idols, Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.

"It's impossible to actually imagine the American literary landscape without a Toni Morrison," Winfrey said Tuesday night during a dinner gala in downtown Manhattan hosted by the Center for Fiction, which named Morrison the winner of a lifetime achievement award. "She is our conscience, she is our seer, she is our truth-teller."

The 87-year-old Morrison was unable to attend, but she and her longtime publisher Alfred A. Knopf were the evening's clear guests of honor.

The Center for Fiction, a nonprofit which supports the reading and writing of literature, also gave a lifetime achievement prize to Alfred A. Knopf Editor-in-Chief Sonny Mehta. And an award for best first novel was given to Knopf author Tommy Orange for "There There." The event also featured a brief clip from the upcoming documentary "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am," which premieres next month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Winfrey and Morrison have known each other for more than 20 years, dating back to when Winfrey was so determined to learn the author's unlisted phone number that she called the local fire department. When Winfrey started her book club, in 1996, she was thinking of Morrison. She considered making one of her books the first pick, but wondered if "the audience was ready."

After choosing Jacquelyn Mitchard's "The Deep End of the Ocean," Winfrey turned to a personal favorite, Morrison's "Song of Solomon," a novel that each time she reads, she "finds surprises on every page — a turn of phrase, or a sentence that's so good you just want to spoon-feed every word to yourself."

Winfrey has since made Morrison an unofficial laureate of her book club, choosing her work a record four times, with later selections including the novels "Sula," ''The Bluest Eye" and "Paradise."

On Tuesday night, she said Morrison shows both intellect and a "primal" power in how she "both receives and reflects out pain: The pain of being a woman, the pain of being a young brown girl obsessed with having blue eyes, the pain of yearning to be someone you're not, the pain of loving a man who's not worth it, or losing a man who is. The pain of our history."

Morrison is "the empress supreme of doing language," Winfrey said. "And I'm here tonight simply to say ... Long. May. She. Reign."

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