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The 9 Movies You Must See in January 2016

It's a fallow month for movies, but there are still some gems.<p>Most moviegoers will spend January doing one of two things – catching up with some of December's many award-courting releases, or watching <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> for the seventeenth time. But don't miss the handful of new films well …

20 Biggest Breakouts of 2015

In 2015, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes went from social media celebs to traditional stars, Fetty Wap scored three <i>Billboard</i> Top 10 singles and Chris …

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Top Ten Films of 2015

When you read other Top Ten Film lists, consider that the journalists do not give equal weight to docs, animation and dramatic features, nor foreign versus American indies and studio pictures. Perhaps, they should call their lists "Top Ten Films That We All Generally Write About."<p>1. <i>Wild Tales</i> (dir. …

My Favorite Albums of 2015

Music is about as personal as it gets, so here’s my list of music albums that resonated with me this year.<p><b>Hamilton — Soundtrack</b><p>In 2015 one New Yorker …

The 18 Finalists for the 2015 Kirkus Prize

The winners of the 2015 Kirkus Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers' Literature will be announced on October 15, 2015.<p>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>The 18 Finalists for the 2015 Kirkus Prize<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: …

19 Banned Books That Actually Changed Your Life

"I can honestly say that reading it for the first time saved my life."<p>*The following books were banned by the user's town, school, or library.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG<p><i>Note: Some entries have been edited for clarity and/or length.</i>

The greatest indie movie soundtracks of all time

<i>THE VIRGIN SUICIDES</i> (1999)<p>As the 90s drew to a close, French duo Air invented a new sound for suburban dysfunction and defined an era with their hopelessly dreamy original film score for Sofia Coppola’s dark and whimsical directorial debut <i>The Virgin Suicides</i>. When Air spoke to us about the iconic …

Katy Perry on overexposure, education and keeping fans guessing

When you’re<p>Katy Perry, time off is more a concept than a reality. The 29-year-old pop star just finished touring in the U.K. and is set to stretch her Prismatic World Tour through 46 North American cities starting on June 22.<p>Her "break" last week? It consisted of stopping by the<p>Nokia Theatreto …

Katy Perry visits Madagascar in support of Unicef

Following in the steps of Madonna and Angelina Jolie, singer Katy Perry took a trip to Madagascar in support of Unicef to help draw attention to the problems faced by many on the island.<p>Perry visited school children and sat in on a few classes in a primary school rebuilt after it had been destroyed …

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North Korea slams U.S. movie on leader assassination plot | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Wednesday denounced a forthcoming American comedy film featuring a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un as an act of terrorism and threatened to unleash a “merciless counter-measure” if Washington failed to ban the movie.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) …